Chamber Bitters

Phyllanthus urinaria

General Information:

The chamber bitter can grow up to 2 feet in height and is considered a summer annual plant. The leaves grow in a similar pattern to legumes. The flowers seen are small, greenish-white and inconspicuous. They require temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate, which is why they are most commonly seen during the summer months. 

Medicinal Uses:

It is most commonly used in folk medicines for jaundice, diabetes, malaria, and liver diseases. It can be used topically for ulcers, sores, swelling, and itchiness. 

Did You Know:

The fruits of the chamber bitters can forcefully expel the seeds over short distances to propagate.