COMMELINA BENGHALENSIS L.

Family: Commelinaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Kanchira, Dholpata, Jatakanchira.

English Name: Day Flower.

Description of the Plant

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.

Using Information

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.

Chemical Constituents

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).

COMMELINA BENGHALENSIS L.
COMMELINA BENGHALENSIS L.

Distribution

Throughout Bangladesh, in fallow lands.


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