an altitude of 700 m. English ‘ Sea Clubrush.
Ayurvedic Kasheru, Kasheruka. Ayurvedic Raaj Kasheruka.
Siddha/Tamil Karundan, Gundati- Action Tuberous root—astringent,
gagaddi (rhizome). diuretic, laxative.
Folk Kaseru.
Oil from rhizomes on hydrolysis
Action ‘ Tuber—nutritious, astrin- gave phellonic acid.
gent, antidiarrhoeal, antiemetic,
galactagogue, hypoglycaemic, diuretic,
urinary antiseptic. Used in
Scieria lithosperma Sw.
prescriptions for dysuria, diabetes,
genitourinary affections, dyscrasia Family

592 Scoparia dulcis Linn.

Habitat Throughout India, up to an altitude of 900 m, except in acrid areas in the West.
English Scieria.
Action Plant—antinephritic.
Root—decoction is given after
parturition. Young tops—given to children for enlarged stomach.
The roots of
Scleria bflora Roxb. smell strongly of camphor or cajeput.
The fruits of S.
levis are used for cough and stomach disorders.
A decoction of the sedge of
S. pergracilis (Nees) Kunth (the Himalayas from Garhwal to Assam at altitudes of 1,500 m and in Bihar, West Bengal and Deccan Penninsula) is used for cough.
(Folk names not known. About 28 species are found in India.)

Scoparia dulcis Linn.

Family Scrophulariaceae.

Habitat Indigenous to tropical
America; introduced into India, commonly found as a weed in Bengal and Tamil Nadu, and in many parts of India.
English Sweet Broomweed.
Folk Jastimadhu, Madhukam, Ghodaa-tulasi.
Action Plant—decoction is used for gravel and other renal affections. Leaves—infusion used in fever, cough and bronchitis. Root— febrifuge. Stem and leaves—used in anemia, albuminaria, ketonuria and

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