Plantago palmata

Scientific Name:Plantago palmata   
Vernacular Name:Imbatabata
Family name :Imbatabata
Geographic Distribution:Disturbed place in montane forest, often at the edges, Or on paths,1800- 3200 m.

Botanical Description

Perennial Herb  with  stout rhizome and basilar rosette  leavesglabrous, to hairy. Leaves alternate, petiole 4-29 cm long , lamina ovate or rounded, palmtilobed, acute to roundet at apex, cordate at base, up to 5-12 cm long and 3-13cm wide, entirely green, or with blackish spots on upper surface. Inflorescence  a 1-17 cm long spike with 5-30 cm long peduncle. Flowerswith greenish-white corolla up to 0.3 cm long, stamens long exserted, fruit a globose to ellipsoidal capsule up to 0.3-0.4 cm long and 0.15-0.3 cm wide.




Medicinal Use

Antidiarrheal propertiess

Other Use

The leaves are macerate in banana beer amd drunk for the treatment of hepatic diseases. In Rwanda, Plantago  palmata  is an important medicinal plant, the entire plant is used against dysentery; the leaves  to treat poisoning, the seeds to treat hepatitis, leaves  and stems to prevent preterm birth, The roots against worm infection. Nyakarundi Samuel, a herbal tradipractician in Kigali said leaves and flowers of Plantago  palmata  are used  for wound cicatrisation and in the treatment of cough.

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