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: Chhoto Shaluk, Nil Padma, Nil Sapla, Sundi.
English Name: Blue water-lily.
Description of the Plant:
An aquatic herb. Leaves 12.5-20 cm diam., elliptic-orbicular, rather broadly peltate, margins irregularly repand-dentate, often blotched with purple or dull red on the under surface. Petioles and pedicels very long. Flowers solitary, 7.5-15 cm diam., pale violet, less commonly light blue or purple; petals oblong to oblong-lanceolate. Fruit a globular spongy berry.
The plant is cooling and alterative; dispels biliousness, improve taste, strengthens the body and promotes the growth of hair. Leaves are applied topically in erysipelas. Decoction of the flower is narcotic and anti-aphrodisiac. Seeds are considered a powerful stomachic and restorative. Infusion of the roots and the stem is considered emollient and diuretic; it is taken against blenorrhagia and diseases of the urinary tract.
All over the country in lakes, ponds and ditches.