Vathamkolli is a much-branched, branched shrub which belongs to the family of Acanthaceae. Shrub growing from 70 – 150cm tall. The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and insect repellent. It is grown as an ornamental. Found in E. Asia – China, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Vathamkolli is medicinally important herb used in the treatment of inflammatory disorders, asthma, hepatic injuries, pathogenic infection and also shows antiproliferative activity against various cancer cell lines.