THUNBERGIA GRANDIFLORA Roxb.

Family: Acanthaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Nillata, Nallata.

Tribal Name: Deldi pata, Del lodi (Chakma); Lachuia-nui, La Soain Nuya (Marma).

Description of the plant:
A large climber. Leaves 15.25 x 7.6 cm, ovate or uppermost lanceolate, often angular or lobed, scabrid or pubescent. Racemes usually stout, pubescent, somewhat dense-flowered, or more slender, elongate. Flowers conspicuous, corolla blue, 5-7.6 cm long; tube ventricose, curved, limb oblique, lobes 5, rounded. Capsule 2.5-5 cm, globose, suddenly narrowed into a barren sword-shaped beak.

Using Information:
Leaves are used as a poultice in stomach complaints. Watered down sap of the stem is used to treat eye diseases in Chittagong Hill Tracts. Sap blown from the stem is given in eye pain; it has some cooling effect in the eyes (Marma). Leaves are used to treat stone in urinary bladder and elephantiasis in Khagrachari.

Distribution:
Forests of Gajipur, Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox’s Bazar, Tangail.


THUNBERGIA GRANDIFLORA
THUNBERGIA GRANDIFLORA Roxb.



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