Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.Br. ex DC.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 3

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Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.Br. ex DC.


Alternanthera sessilis (L.) R.Br. ex DC. 


Myanmar: pazun-sar, pazun-za. English: dwarf copperleaf, joyweed, sessile joyweed.


Native range Australia, Northen Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau, the Philippines, Soloman Islands, and Singapore. Now very widespread in the tropics and subtropics of both the Old and New Worlds, especially in damp or wet locations. In Myanmar, found in Yangon.

Conservation status.

Least Concern [LC] ( IUCN 2017).


Leaf, Juice: Used as a galactagogue.


The medicinal uses of this species in India are discussed in Jain and DeFilipps (1991) as follows: The root is used for hazy vision and night blindness (in combination with four other species); postnatal complaints (ground with seeds of two other species and roots of a third); prolapsus and fistula ani (roots and leaves mixed with rice and salt); diarrhea (roots, bark, and fruit pulp of three other plants and some lime from shells); fever with intense thirst (in combination with other components); dog, jackal and lizard bite (with other plants); also, an unspecified plant part is used for dysentery. In China a broth of the plant is cooked with meat and taken for tuberculosis; a decoction with wine is used for internal injuries ( Duke and Ayensu 1985).


Nordal (1963).