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: Polygonum orientale L.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Bara Panimarich, Bishkatali.
English Name: Prince’s Feather, Oriental Pepper.
Description of the Plant:
A tall annual, with fistulous branches, 0.9-3 m high, usually softly hairy or silky. Stems robust, grooved. Leaves 15-23 cm long, ovate or ovate cordate, long-pointed; stipules short, truncate, hairy, ciliate at the mouth. Flowers white or red in dense, erect or drooping racemes, 5-10 cm long.
The plant is a good tonic and vulnerary; used for healing wounds (Yusuf et al. 2009).
The plant contains β-sitosterol, orientoside and orientin. An unidentified compound, mp. 69° has also been isolated from this plant (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Throughout the country in damp, lowlying areas, canal banks.