Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Tribal Name: Khetranga (Chakma ); Kettyranga (Tanchunga); Padagrah (Marma).
A rhizomatous herb with 90-120 cm high slender leafy stem. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 15-30 cm long, glabrous beneath. Panicle 15-23 cm long, narrow; flowers small, corolla-segments oblong, greenish, lip orbicular, yellowish with red lines and dots, with two small teeth at the base. Fruits, globose, size of a pea.
In Ghagra area of Rangamati district, tribal use rhizomes for gastric pain, in the form of pills. In Marisha of Khagrachari district they prescribe rhizome in the form of pest, or piece of rhizome chewed with little salt. Rhizomes are also used as an aphrodisiac and in female diseases by the Chakma tribe in Khagrachari district. In Rajsthali of Rangamati district rhizome juice is prescribed in diarrhoea and dysentery.
Fresh rhizome contains 1.1% and fresh leaf contains 0.21% essential oil (Yusuf, 1999).
Forests of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.