AGANOSMA DICHOTOMA K. Schum.

A. caryophyllata G. Don., A. blumei Wight.
Family: Apocynaceae

Bengali/vernacular name: Malati, Gandhomalati.

Description of the plant:
AGANOSMA DICHOTOMA K. Schum. is a large climber with very stout stem. Leaves 10-12.5 cm long, coriaceous, ovate or elliptic, acute or obtuse. Cymes terminal, lax, white-tomentose. Sepals linear-lanceolate; corolla tube and throat both cylindric, subequal, lobes obliquely orbicular, 3.7 cm diam. Folicles stout, 7-12.5 cm long and 1.25 cm diam.

Using information:
The plant is emetic, anthelmintic; useful in bronchitis, leprosy, skin diseases, ulcers, inflammations, purulent discharges from the ear and diseases of the mouth. Flowers are good for eye diseases. The leaves cure biliousness.


Aganosma Dichotoma
AGANOSMA DICHOTOMA K. Schum.


Petrolium ether extract of the leaves is anthelmintic against earthworms (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Chemical constituents:
Leaves contain quercetin, kaempferol and phenolic acids (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Distribution:
Southern districts of the country.