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Phyla nodiflora - Jalapippalī

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Jalapippalī consists of the dried whole plant of Phyla nodiflora Greene. It is a small creeping perennial herb found commonly in sandy wet, grassy places along bunds of irrigation channels, canal edges and river banks almost throughout greater part of India and up to 900 m on the hills.


Blenorrhoea, Lithiasis, Ischuria, Constipation, Pain in the knees, Hookworm, Gastric troubles, Fever, Cough, Cold, Swollen cervical glands, Erysipelas, Burns[1].

Parts Used

Leaves, Stem, Fruit.[1].

Chemical Composition

Flavonoids namely nodiflorin A and nodiflorin B, nodifloretin, lippiflorins A and B.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಜಲಹಿಪ್ಪಲಿ Jala hippali, ಕೆರೆಹಿಪ್ಪಲಿ Kere hippali
Hindi Jalpipali, Panisigaa
Malayalam Nirtippali, Podutalai
Tamil Potuttali
Telugu Bokkena
Marathi Goura mundi, Jala pimpali
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Jalapippalikā, Toyavallarī
English Purple Lippia



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta, Kaṣāya, Kaṭu


Rūkṣa, Tīkṣṇa






Pittahara, Kaphahara, Mūtrala, Jvaraghna, Śukrala, Mukhaṣodhanī, Dīpana, Hṛdya, Cakṣuṣya, Rucya, Viṣaghna



Perennial plant



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Opposite Leaves 1-3 x 0.8-1.5 cm, obovate-spathulate or oblanceolate, sometimes elliptic or cuneiform, base cuneate, margin sharply serrate above the middle.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Axillary spikes White-pink 4 Flowers 5-merous, sessile, aggregated in axillary, globose-capitate or elongate, cylindric, stalked spikes, 1-2.5 cm long when mature and 6-9 mm across. Flowering from March to May


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Drupe 2 mm long Enclosing two, 1-celled pyrenes

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds,Stem cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Phyla nodiflora succeeds in a wide range of habitats from the subtropics to the tropics. Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Stream banks, Grassy places.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.737, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. The Ayuredic Pharmacopoeia of India Part-1, Volume-5, Page no-14
  3. Common names
  4. Morphology
  5. Cultivation details

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