Malvastrum carpinifolium (L.f.) A.Gray
Sida carpinifolia L.f.
Sida lanceolata Retz.
Sida scoparia Lour.
Common Name: Broom Weed
Broom weed is a much-branched, perennial plant producing somewhat woody stems 1 - 2 metres tall from a woody rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of medicines and fibre.
E. Asia - southern China, Japan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines.
Scrub, roadsides and wastelands in southern China[
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A decoction of the whole plant is used as a treatment for fevers[
]. The juice of the plant is used to treat indigestion[
The plant is ground and mixed with soft grease and sugar to make a poultice that is applied to soften abscesses and release pus[
The leaves are diuretic[
]. An infusion is used to treat dysentery[
]. The juice of the leaves is mixed with vinegar to make an anti-inflammatory and digestive remedy[
A decoction of the leaves is used to bathe wounds[
]. The leaves are applied to the head as a poultice to remedy headache[
]. A poultice made from the boiled leaves is applied to ulcers and other sores[
The root is febrifuge[
]. The juice of the root is used to treat fevers[
]. The root is chewed to relieve a toothache[
The roots contain asparagine[
The leaf contains mucilage and saponins[
The plant contains the alkaloid cryptolepine, which shows hypotensive and antimicrobial action[
The bark is a good source of fibre[
]. It is used to make ropes, canvas and fishnets[
The stems are used for making house brooms[
The leaves are macerated in water to make a hair conditioner and a shampoo for flaky skin[
The young twigs are made into brooms[
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