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.
Synonyms: Lasia heterophylla Schott
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Kantakachu; Kattosh (Chittagong).
Tribal Name: Gandagi (Chakma); Taratu (Marma), Kattolii (Tanchangya).
Description of the Plant:
A stout, intensely prickly marsh plant, with creeping rootstock. Leaves long petioled, 15-45 cm long, young hastate or sagittate, old pinnatifid, segments lanceolate, acuminate. Spathe 20-35 cm long, spirally twisted above the spadix. Spadix about 2.5 cm long, scarlet-coloured. Fruit an oblong capitate syncarp, 5 cm diam
The plant is recommended for colic, rheumatism and intestinal diseases. Corm is used as a remedy for throat affections. Leaves and corms are given as a cure for piles in Khagrachari (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Throughout the country in low-lying shady areas, near water bodies.