(medicinal plants in desert areas of China)
[synonym] hair grass.
[source] it is the root or fruit bearing grass of Calligonum mongolicum.
[plant morphology] Calligonum mongolicum
Shrub, 1-1.5m high. The old branches are gray white, spreading, the skin does not fall, and there is no luster; the annual branches are grassy, green, with joints, and the internodes are 1-3cm long. Leaves linear, 2-4 mm long; stipules membranous, very small. Flowers bisexual, light red, usually 2-3 clustered leaf axils; pedicel thin and weak, with joints at the lower part; perianth segments 5, ovate, unequal in size, extending horizontally in fruit stage; stamens 12-16, nearly as long as perianth; ovary elliptic, 4-ribbed, style 4, shorter, stigma capitate. Achene broadly elliptic, not twisted or slightly twisted, apex acute, base narrow, with spines about 10 mm in diameter, spines divergent, arranged in 4 columns, relatively rigid, brown.
It grows in sand mound, sand land, Gobi and dry river bed. Distributed in Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Xinjiang, Ningxia and other places.
[collection] the roots were collected in summer and autumn, and the whole fruits were collected when they were ripe.
[flavor] bitter and astringent, slightly warm.
[functions and indications] it can cure the turbid urine and treat the chapped skin.
[prescription selection] 1. Treatment of turbid urine: the root of Calligonum mongolicum is five to one or two yuan. Take it in water.
② Treatment of chapped skin: whole herb of Calligonum mongolicum, grind powder, apply ointment or wash with boiling water.
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