Aerva lanata

NAME: Aerva lanata

FAMILY: Amaranthaceae

COMMON NAME(s): Bhadram, Cherula, Mountain knotgrass

LOCAL NAMES: Eweowo, Aje, Efun-ile, Alhaji, Furfurata, Fatumi, Kapuri jadi

USEFUL PART(s): Whole plant


  • The whole plant is edible and serve as food for people
  • It is also edible for farm animals


  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Uganda
  • Ethiopia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Australia


Aerva lanata medicinal uses include:

  • Ulcers
  • Wounds
  • Snake bite
  • Diuretic
  • Purgative
  • Arthritis
  • Anthelmintic
  • Sore throat
  • Kidney and bladder stones
Source:  By Vinayaraj

Source: By Vinayaraj


Dinnimath, B. M., Jalalpure, S. S., & Patil, U. K. (2017). Antiurolithiatic activity of natural constituents isolated from Aerva lanata. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 8(4), 226–232.

Gujjeti, R. P., & Mamidala, E. (2017). Anti-HIV Activity of Phytosterol Isolated from Aerva lanata Roots. Pharmacognosy Journal, 9, 112–116.

Ikewuchi, J. C., Uwakwe, A. A., Onyeike, E. N., & Ikewuchi, C. C. (2011). Hepatoprotective effect of an aqueous extract of the leaves of Acalypha wilkesiana “Godseffiana” Muell Arg (Euphorbiaceae) against carbon tetrachloride induced liver injury in rats. EXCLI Journal, 10, 280–289.

Kalirajan, A., Narayanan, K. R., Ranjitsingh, A. J. A., Ramalakshmi, C., & Parvathiraj, P. (2013). Bioprospecting medicinal plant Aerva lanata Juss. ex Schult. flowers for potential antimicrobial activity against clinical and fish-borne pathogens. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, 4(3), 306–311.

Omotoso, K. S., Aigbe, F. R., Salako, O. A., Chijioke, M. C., & Adeyemi, O. O. (2017). Toxicological evaluation of the aqueous whole plant extract of Aerva lanata (l.) Juss. ex Schult (Amaranthaceae). Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 208, 174–184.

Poonkuzhali, K., Rajeswari, V., Saravanakumar, T., Viswanathamurthi, P., Park, S. M., Govarthanan, M., … Palvannan, T. (2014). Reduction of hexavalent chromium using Aerva lanata L.: Elucidation of reduction mechanism and identification of active principles. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 272, 89–95.

Raihan, O., Brishti, A., Bahar, E., Islam, F., Rahman, M., Tareq, S. M., & Hossain, M. A. (2012). Antioxidant and anticancer effect of methanolic extract of Aerva lanata Linn. against Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma (EAC) in vivo. Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine, 12(3), 219–225.

Rao, M. A., Palaksha, M. N., Sirisha, K. N., Bhargavi, V. L., & Manikandhar, P. (2014). Effect of Aerva lanata on cisplatin induced neurotoxicity in rats. World Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 3(2), 2431–2451. Retrieved from

Shekhawat, M. S., Manokari, M., & Revathi, J. (2017). In vitro propagation and ex vitro rooting of Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. ex Schult.: a rare medicinal plant. Indian Journal of Plant Physiology, 22(1), 40–47.

Thanganadar Appapalam, S., & Panchamoorthy, R. (2017). Aerva lanata mediated phytofabrication of silver nanoparticles and evaluation of their antibacterial activity against wound associated bacteria. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 78, 539–551.

Vivek, D., Nair, N. G., Anju, M. P., Vatakkeel, B., Siju, E. N., & Aiswarya Lakshmi, A. G. (2015). In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of Aerva lanata. International Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Research, 7(1), 57–59.