Agor – herbal medicine




Scirpus miliaceus Linn.

Scirpus niloticus Blanco

Trichelostylis miliacea Nees & Arn.

Isolepis miliacea Presl


Local names: Agor (Tag.); gumi (Pang.); sirau-sirau (Ilk.); sirisi-buyas (Bik.); taulat (Tag.); ubod-ubod (Tag.).


Agor is a characteristic paddy weed found throughout the Philippines in open, wet places. It is pantropic in distribution.


Agor is tufted, slender, glabrous, rather flaccid annual, 40 to 60 centimeters high. The leaves are basal, distichous, up to 40 centimeters in length. The umbels are decompound, rather lax and diffuse, and 6 to 10 centimeters long. The spikelets are small, globose, 2 to 2.5 millimeters long, pale or brown, mostly slenderly pedicelled, some sessile. The nuts are obovoid, 0.5 millimeter long.

According to Burkill and Haniff the Malays sometimes use the leaves for poulticing in fever.

Source: BPI