Plants are slender, erect and are aromatic.Stems are 15-40 cm tall. Leaves are oblanceolate-oblong in outline, 4-12 cm long and 1-2.5 cm broad.Flowers are numerous and greenishwhite in color. Fruit is ovoid, 1-1.5 mm long and 0.5-0.75 mm broad.
Shaded or sunny, fertile localities,disturbed areas, and along forest edges and stream banks.
The plants have a very strong (unpleasant) smellingaromatic oil containing the aldehyde dodecen-2-al-l and are used as a condiment.