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: Kanchira, Dholpata, Jatakanchira.
English Name: Day Flower.
A slender dichotomously branched creeping herb, 60-90 cm long. Leaves 2.5-7.5 cm long, ovate or oblong, obtuse. Flowers blue in funnel-shaped spathes. Capsule 6 mm long, pyriform, membranous.
The plant is demulcent, refrigerant, laxative and emollient; useful in leprosy, otitis media suppurativa and sores. Much used in the form of decoction as drink, lotion and bath. In Khagrachari the plant is used for snake-bite.
Some anthocyanins and a dammarane triterpene have been isolated from the plant. It also contains alkanols, n-octacosanol, n-triacontanol, n-dotriacontanol, sterols, stigmasterol, ß-sitosterol and campesterol (Ghani, 2003; Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Throughout Bangladesh, in fallow lands.