AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS L.

Family: Amaranthaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Notey, Notey shak, Marissag.

Tribal Name: Ahu Mihim Ga (Marma).

English Name: Green Amaranth, Wild Amaranth, Green pigweed.

Description of the Plant:

An erect, branched annual herb, 30-60 cm high; branches often purplish. Leaves long-petioled, ovate, 2.5-5 cm, variable in breadth. Flowers minute, pale green, in small axillary clusters and in slender tapering terminal and axillary paniculate spike-like racemes.

Using Information:

The plant is cooling, alexiteric, laxative, stomachic, appetizer and antipyretic; used in burning sensation, hallucination, leprosy, bronchitis, piles, leucorrhoea and constipation. The leaves are used as an emollient. The root is heating and expectorant; lessens the menstrual flow; useful in leucorrhoea and leprosy.

Petroleum ether extract of the plant possesses juvenomimetic activity (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Chemical Constituents:

Principal constituents of this plant are saponins. It is rich in minerals and contains sterols and fatty acids in the seeds. The stem and leaves contain oxalic acid (Ghani, 2003).

amaranthus viridis
AMARANTHUS VIRIDIS L.

Distribution:

Throughout Bangladesh in fallow lands.