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Arenaria serpyllifolia  L.


Botanical Name


Arenaria serpyllifolia L.

English Name


Thyme-Leaf Sandwort





General Info


Annual herb. Stems multiple from base, from taproot, ascending to erect, branching, herbaceous, densely retrorse strigillose, to +/-15cm tall. Leaves opposite, sessile, ovate, acute, entire, glabrous, with antrorse strigillose margins, 3-4mm broad, 6-7mm long. Flowers; petals 5, white, entire, glabrous, to 3mm long, distinct. Stamens 10, erect. Filaments white, glabrous, 1mm long. Anthers whitish to pale yellow. Styles 3, white, glabrous, -1mm long. Ovary superior, green, glabrous, 1.5mm long, 1mm in diameter, unilocular. Placentation free-central. Ovules many. Sepals 5, glandular pubescent, lanceolate, 1.2mm broad, 4mm long, acute.

Herb Effects

Antitussive, depurative, diuretic, febrifuge, hemolytic (plant)


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Active Ingredients

24-alkyl-^5and ^7 sterol (a saponin)


Medicinal Use

In the treatment of dysentery (leaf decoction); calculus troubles and acute and chronic cystitis.


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.



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