Deciduous shrub with downy branches native to China, East Indies,
and the Malay Archipelago. Leaves are pinnate with 4 to 6 pairs of
leaflets. Flowers are small, purple, 4 petaled, appearing in
axillary panicles in summer. Fruit is a black berry containing a
single, flat seed.
Propagation: By seed in spring; by ripewood cuttings in sand.
Needs: Well drained soil in sun or part shade. Hardy to 60º F.
Harvest: Seeds when ripe (hard outer covering is removed).
Bitter, febrifuge, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, anthelmintic,
mild laxative, tonic, vermifuge. Affects colon.
Has been used internally for malaria, amebic dysentary, diarrhea,
piles, chronic dysentary, nematodes, tapeworm, , and vaginal thrush.
Has been used externally for warts and corns. Seeds are split open
and taped to the offending growth.
Parts used: Seeds