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24 Sep
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COMMON NAME: Polapola, Mountain Knotgrass

LATIN NAME: Aerva Lanata

HINDI NAME: Chaya, Paashanbheda


HABITAT: The birthplace of Aerva Lanata is India, but it is also widespread in many other countries, including Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Since 1977 Polapola has been grown in the humid subtropics of Georgia as an annual plant.


Polapola or Mountain Knotgrass (lat.Aerva Lanata (L.)) is a species of the genus Aerva, belongs to the Amarantaceae family. Plants of this genus are common in temperate zones of the Eastern Hemisphere, tropics and subtropics.

Aerva Lanata is a perennial, biennial or annual (in culture) herbaceous plant up to 140 cm in height, with a weakly branched rod root system. Both up-straight and creeping forms of the stems are noted. The root can reach 18 cm in length and up to 7 mm in diameter. The stem is highly branched, pubescent and grayish-green in color. Mountain Knotgrass has white spongy stem core. The leaves are alternate, short-leaved, ovate or elliptical and pubescent. The flowers are small, white, inconspicuous, and slightly bell-shaped with a simple membranous whitish-green perianth, collected in a spike-shaped inflorescence. The fruit is a single-seeded box from green to brown in color. Seeds are bean-shaped, black, shiny, very small (about 1 mm). It blooms from June-July until frost, bears fruit from mid-summer.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: Mountain Knotgrass contains indole alkaloids, feruloylamides, phenolic acids, flavonoids (acylglycosides, tyriloside trinositene, tumeroside, tumerin derivatives of lupeol and oleanic acid), sterols, macro- and microelements (chromium, potassium) and other biologically active substances.


People who suffer from osteoporosis and who have diseases of the musculoskeletal system should not take Mountain Knotgrass.

Pregnant women should also avoid using this herb.

Do not use Aerva Lanata if you suffer from decreased thyroid function.

Individual intolerance to any components is another contraindication for using this plant.


The scientific name comes from lat. lanatus, lana - wool, thus reflecting the significant pubescence of all parts of the plant.


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