As a common plant all over Kerala, it spreads even in lawns and backyards. So it is often considered a weed. However, this small herb has certain medicinal values.
Scientific Name: Aerva lanata
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If it grows erect, this perennial plant can reach up to half a meter in height. Sometimes it lays flat on the ground, spreading in a random fashion, the stems stretching more than 2 meters long irregularly.
The flowers are too tiny with whitish green colors. These emerge from the stem near the leaf axils and grow as dense clusters. The round-shaped fruit is also green in color which contains one seed.
The leaves are nearly oval in shape with tiny white hairs all over.
The plant is native in the Indian subcontinent including in Sri Lanka. It is also found in parts of Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Usually considered as a weed since it grows widely in the fields and open areas.
It grows very well in the plains having a tropical climate.
Disclaimer: These are only general information, not medical advice.
Cheroola is also one among the Dasapushpas (the ten flowers).
Sanskrit: Bhadrika, Kurandaka, Gorakshaganja
Hindi & Bengali: Chaya
English: Mountain Knot Grass
Other names in malayalam: Alila Kalloorvanchi, Balipoo