Debregeasia saeneb Forssk Heper and Wood

Family Name:


Local Name/

Sandoori/Wild rhea

English Name:

Flowering Period:




Part Used:

Whole plant


An evergreen shrub, mostly found in waste places of lower

hills in sandy soil.


Pakistan: Hazara, Swat, Dir, Hassan Abdal, Salt Range,

Murree Hills, Margalla Hills, and Kashmir. World:

Abyssinia, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and Nepal.

Debregeasia Saeneb Plant Pictures
Fig. 3.45 Debregeasia saeneb (Forssk) Heper and Wood

Family Name: Urticaceae

Description: An evergreen shrub up to 3 m tall. Stem erect, branched, and woody with dark brown bark. Leaves simple, oblanceolate or lanceolate, serrate, alternate, petiolate, with upper dark green and under silvery-whitish surface. Flowers unisexual, in globose heads arranged in panicles or racemes. Calyx four-lobed, 3-5 exserted stamens. Female flowers in smaller clusters than male. Fruit achene, yellowish-green (Fig. 3.45).

Medicinal Uses:

Collection: 60-70 g of fresh leaves is collected by men, women, and children 14-40 years old, in summer (March-September).


Family Name:



Diseases Cured: Ethno botanical


60-70 g of fresh leaves is ground daily for 5-6 min; 1/ cup (375 mL) of water is added to the ground leaves. Then the mixture is filtered with a piece of cloth or a filtration pot and given to patients suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, and earaches. For children, 2 tsp (15-15 mL) of drug (at one time) is mixed in a cup (120 g) of curd and given 2-3 times per day for 2-3 days. For adults, V cup (125 mL) of drug (at one time) is mixed in 2 cups (500 g) of curd and is given 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days. For earache, 2-3 drops (3 mL) of drug (at one time) are placed in the ear 2-3 times per day for 1-2 days.

Dysentery, diarrhea, and earache.

Leaves are used as fodder for goats and sheep. Fresh fruit is edible (sweet). The plant is used as fuelwood and for mud roof thatching._

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