ALPINIA MALACCENSIS Rosc.

Family: Zingiberaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Deotara (Chittagong).

Description of the Plant:

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.

Using Information:

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.

Chemical Constituents:

Fresh leaf contains 0.21% and fresh rhizome contains 0.7% essential oil (Yusuf, 1999).

Distribution:

Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sylhet.

alpinia malaccensis
ALPINIA MALACCENSIS Rosc.