Common Mare's-tail - Hippuris vulgaris


Hippuris vulgaris is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.[PFAF]
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.[PFAF]

USDA Flower Colour: Green
USDA Blooming Period: Late Spring
USDA Fruit/Seed characteristics:

Colour: Brown
Present from Summer to Fall [1.1]

Key to the Species and Taxonomic Notes

1. Stems 1.5-8 (10) cm tall, less than 1 mm wide; leaves 2-6 (10) mm long.......................H. montana
1. stems 10-40 cm tall, 1.5-5 mm wide; leaves 6-30 (50) mm long.
2. Leaves elliptic to oblong or egg-shaped, and blunt-tipped, 6-15 mm long, 2-8 mm wide, 4-6 (8) per whorl.............................H. tetraphylla
2. Leaves linear and slender-tipped, 6-30 (50) mm long, 1-2 mm wide, (6) 8-12 per whorl...............................H. vulgaris [1.3]

Edible Uses

Medicinal Uses

Use In Tibetan Medicine

The plant is also known under the names ljang lo chig skye and rtswa mngar. The syn. rtswa mngar means sweet grass and refers to its sweet taste. In the shel gong shel phreng[1], no types are mentioned, whereas two types are recognized by mkhyen rab nor bu[2]. He differentiates between a superior type, dam bu ka ra mchog, and an inferior one,dam bu ka ra dman pa. Both types grow in water. While the inferior type resembles an onion plant, the superior one looks like a monkey's tail.
The whole plant is used for medicinal purposes.
The sweet nature of dam bu ka ra is neutral, the taste is sweet, the quality is blunt and the secondary qualities are smooth and flexible.
All parts of the plant are applied to treat various hot diseases such as - glo tshad, a disease affecting the lungs; - rtsa tshad, a disorder of the nerves; - mchin tshad, a liver disease; - rus tshad, a disease affecting the bones, as wellas hot - bad kan smug po diseases. It is also used internally as a wound-healing remedy in cases of weapon injuries to the lungs.[Kletter&Kriechbaum]


Hippuris vulgare - Hippuridaceae [DukePhyto]
Chemical/Part/Lo ppm/Hi ppm/Reference
AUCUBIN - Plant 3-15ppm [PC36:927]


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