An indigenous sub - shrub of secondary scrub lands and grassy places of the wet lowlands up to about 700 m elevations. Due to not observing of it during the 'Flora of Ceylon project' Herbert Huber noted in 1983 that it may have been possibly extinct in the wild due to intense exploitation (Dasanayaka M.D. & Fosberg F.R., 1983, Flora of Ceylon Vol 4). However 2012 Red list categorized it under the Endangered status. It is an important medicinal plant.