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.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Deotara (Chittagong).
A robust perennial rhizomatous herb with 1.8-3 m leafy stem. Leaves 60-90 cm long, oblong-lanceolate. Flowers large, in a long terminal raceme, 20-30 cm long; calyx and corolla white; lip ovate, margin pale, centre beautifully variegated red and yellow. Fruit globose, 2-3 cm across, hairy.
The rhizomes are reported to be used in sores. Stem and rhizome juice is given in stomachache due to acidity or indigestion in Chunati area of Chittagong. Rhizomes are also employed with other ingredients for respiratory problem in childrens and to adults for cough. The fruits are emetic.
Fresh leaf contains 0.21% and fresh rhizome contains 0.7% essential oil (Yusuf, 1999).
Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sylhet.