POLIANTHES TUBEROSA L.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

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.

Using information:
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).

Chemical constituents:
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).

Distribution:
Cultivated in the gardens.


POLIANTHES TUBEROSA
POLIANTHES TUBEROSA L.



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