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: Malangakuri, Malankuri.
Tribal name: Saug Oong Marak (Marma).
English name: Crowfoot Grass, Crab Grass.
Description of the plant:
An annual grass, 30-60 cm high, tufted, slightly compressed. Leaves distichous, flat or folded, as long as the stem, linear. Spikes 2-7 or more, 5-12.5 cm long, with sometimes one or two detached spikes below the umbel, digitate, suberect.
The whole plant, especially the root is considered diaphoretic and antipyretic. Decoction of plant is used for convulsion in children. It is much used in liver complaints (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Plant contains cyanogenetic glucoside, triglochinin, ochratoxin A and α-amylase inhibitors. Grains contain albuminoids, starch and fatty oil. Seed coat contains phenolic compounds and flavonoids (Ghani, 2003). Orientin, isoorientin, vitexin, isovitexin, saponarin, violanthin, lucenin-1 and tricin are found in leaves (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Throughout Bangladesh in fallow lands.