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Desmostachya bipinnata  (L.) Stapf


Botanical Name


Desmostachya bipinnata (L.) Stapf

English Name


Haifa grass, Serpents' tongues, Sacred creeping grss, Sacrificial grass



Eragrostis cynosuroides (Retz.) P. Beauv., Pogonarthria bipinnata (L.) Chiov., Stapfiola bipinnata (L.) O. Kuntze.





General Info


A tufted perennial grass with a thick scaly root-stock which sends out creeping rhizomes in all directions. Leaves coarse. Spikelets sessile or subsessile along the rachis of short spikes which form a narrow spike-like panicle, many-flowered, strongly laterally compressed; glumes markedly unequal, 1-nerved.

Herb Effects

Diuretic, emollient, astringent and galactagogue (root); diuretic, stimulant, acrid and aphrodisiac (culm)


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Medicinal Use

Used against dysentery, menorrhagia, bleeding disorders such as hemorrhoids, purpura etc., jaundice, asthma, strangury and skin eruptions (culm); in hyperdipsia, asthma and jaundice (roots).



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