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: Quisqualis densiflora Wall. ex Miq.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Basantilata, Madhabilata, Modhumalati, Modhumanjuri, Ranganbel, Begunlata.
English Name: Rangoon-creeper, Chinese honey-suckle.
Description of the plant:
A large strong, climber. Leaves elliptic-acuminate, base rounded, 7.5-10 cm long. Spikes axillary and terminal, about 2.5 cm long. Flowers numerous, pendent, 7.5 cm long and 3.8 cm wide, at first white then deep red.
Leaves and roots extracts are anthelmintic. Juice of leaves relieve flatulence. Infusion of leaves is used externally to treat boils and ulcers. Seeds are anthelmintic; given to children to expel the worms. (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Leaves contain trigonelline, L-proline, L-asparagine, quisqualic acid, rutin and two forms of the cysteine synthase, isoenzyme A and isoenzyme B. Rutin and pelargonidin-3-glucoside have also been isolated from flowers. Fruits contain a sugary substance similar to levulose and an organic acid similar to cathartic acid. Seeds contain a fixed oil, which consists of linoleic, oleic, palmitic, stearic and arachidic acids, a sterol, an alkaloid with anthelimintic properties and a neuroexcitatory amino acid, quisqualic acid (Ghani, 2003; Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990 & 93).
Grown as an ornamental plant throughout the country.
Retutn to Medicinal Plants: Part Q-R