HIBISCUS SURATTENSIS L.

Family: Malvaceae

Tribal Name: Sowa Amela (Tanchangya).

Description of the Plant:
Weak-stemed shrubby annual, softly downy and sparingly armed with prickles. Leaves up to 5 cm long, palmately 3-5 lobed, with more or less truncate base, crenate-serrate; petiole long, prickly. Flowers large, yellow with dark purple centre, axillary, solitary. Capsules ovoid hairy.

Using Information:
Leaves are used in intestinal disorders. A lotion or oinment of the leaf and stem is used for the treatment of penile irritation of any sort, including venereal sores and urethritis by the Zulus. An infusion is also used as an injection in to the urethra and vagina for gonorrhoea and other inflammations. The mucilaginous flowers are much used as an emollient and pectoral.

Distribution:
Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts in fallow lands and scrub forests.


HIBISCUS SURATTENSIS
HIBISCUS SURATTENSIS L.



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