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: Rajanigandha.
English Name: Tuberose.
Description of the Plant:
A leafy tuberous herb. Basal leaves linear, 40-60 cm long, less than 1 cm wide, those on the stem much shorter. Stem erect, 0.5-1 m high. Flowers fragrant, waxy white, in pairs, 5-6 cm long, tubular.
The flowers are considered diuretic and emetic. The dried and powdered bulbs are used as a remedy for gonorrhoea. The bulbs rubbed up with turmeric and butter is applied to new born babies to remove small red pimples on their body. They are also rubbed into a paste with the juice of Cynodon dactylon and applied to buboes (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Bulb contains saponins and sapogenins, tigogenin. Indole has been isolated from the cultivated tuberose varieties. Flowers contain an essential oil (Ghani, 2003). Plant also contains hecogenin (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Cultivated in the gardens.