French: a sweet broom. ; Wolof: Matt matt GOUN and FON: Vivi nipple or Vivi téhwé.
This perennial herb has small leaves and its small white flowers give way to small round capsules.
Alkaloids (traces, scoparin), bitter principles (amelline), scoparol, scoparoside, flavonoids, saponosides, sterols (sitosterol), diterpenes, triterpenes, organic acids, vitamin B.
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-gastric ulcer, hypoglycaemic, depurative, diuretic.
The leaves are used to treat gastric ulcers, oral pharyngeal conditions, sore throats. The roots are used for tonsillitis, coughs, gingivitis, diabetes, boils, and abscesses.