Henna, Hina, Mehndi or Mehendi (Lawsonia inermis, syn. L. alba) is a flowering plant, the sole species in the genus Lawsonia in the family Lythraceae.
It has been used for temporary skin decoration in South Asia, Southwest Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa for ages.
There is evidence that mehndi as a ceremonial art form originated in ancient India. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides before wedding ceremonies.