Family: Asclepiadaceae

Synonyms: Oxystelma esculentum R. Br.,  Periploca secamone L.

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Dudhi, Dudhiya lata, Khirai, Kirui.

Description of the Plant:
A very slender, extensive, perennial twining herb with milky juice. Leaves 4.5-9 cm long, linear to lanceolate, finely acuminate, base acute, rounded or cordate. Flowers large, in pedunculate lateral, subumbellate or racemose few-flowered cymes, longer than leaves; corolla white or rose-coloured with purple veins, more than 2.5 cm across. Follicles 5-7.5 cm long, oblong-lanceolate or ovoid.

Using Information:
Plants are diuretic, aphrodisiac and anthelmintic; useful in leucoderma and bronchitis; decoction is used as a gargle in aphthous ulcerations of the mouth and in sore throat. The milky sap possesses antiperiodic properties; it forms a wash for ulcers in Sind. Fruits are tonic, expectorant and anthelmintic; the juice is used in gleet, gonorrhoea, muscle pain, cough and leucoderma. The fresh roots are used for jaundice (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Chandpur, Chittagong, Chittagong Hill tracts, Dhaka, Khulna, Sylhet, Rajshahi.

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