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Polygonum tinctorium  Aiton.


Botanical Name


Polygonum tinctorium Aiton.



Persicaria tinctoria (Aiton.)Spach.





General Info


Herbs annual. Stems erect, 50-80 cm tall, usually branched. Petiole 5-10 mm; leaf blade green, dark blue-green when dry, ovate or broadly elliptic, 3-8 × 2-4 cm, abaxially sometimes appressed-pubescent along veins, adaxially glabrous, base broadly cuneate, margin shortly ciliate, apex obtuse or slightly acute; ocrea tubular, 1-1.5 cm, membranous, appressed pubescent, apex truncate, long ciliate. Inflorescence terminal or axillary, spicate, dense, 2-5 cm; bracts green, funnel-shaped, ciliate, each 3-5-flowered. Pedicels equal to bracts, slender. Perianth pinkish, 5-parted; tepals ovate, 2.5-3 mm. Stamens 6-8, included. Styles 3, connate at lower part. Achenes included in persistent perianth, brown, shiny, broadly ovoid, trigonous, 2-2.5 mm.

Herb Effects

Antidote, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antipyretic and depurative (stem, leaves); antidote and febrifuge (fruit); anti-inflammatory (plant)


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Medicinal Use

Used in the treatment of freckles, pimples, erysipelas, mumps, thrush, epidemic parotitis, infantile convulsions and high febrile conditions of children.



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