Family: Caesalpiniaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Kochoi, Teri, Amalkuch.

English Name: Teri Pods.

Description of the Plant:
A large scandent prickly shrub. Leaves abruptly bipinnate, 15-23 cm long. Racemes simple, equaling or exceeding the leaves. Flowers middle-sized, yellow; petals often reddish at the base. Pods 2.5-5 cm long, glabrous, torulose, oblong-lanceolate. Seeds oblong, black.

Using Information:
Roots are astringent; used internally in phthisis, scrofula and diabetes. The powder of the root is useful in diarrhoea and other chronic fluxes. Root pounded and mixed with water is drunk as a febrifuge.

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EtOH(50%) extract is active in vitro against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in guinea pigs (Asolkar et al., 1992).

Chemical Constituents:
Tannin is present in pod-cases but not in seeds. It also contains bitter substance bonducin and saponin (Chopra et al., 1992).

Forests of Chittagong, Hill tracts North Bengal, Sylhet.