URARIA PICTA Desv.

Family: Fabaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Sankarjata.

Tribal Name: Belailengur (Chakma); Kro Kri (Marma).

Description of the Plant:
An erect, little-branched, annual undershrub, 0.9-1.8 m high. Leaves imparipinnate, 20-30 cm long. Leaflets on the upper part of the stem 5-7, (rarely 9), 10-20 cm long, linear oblong, acute, blotched with white, minutely pubescent beneath, base rounded. Flowers in close fascicles along the rachis of spicate, cylindric racemes, 15-30 cm long; rachis and pedicels downy with hooked hairs. Corolla 6 mm long, purple. Pods pale lead-coloured; joints 3-6, smooth, polished.

Using Information:
The plant is used for the treatment of heart trouble and fractured bone. The root has aphrodisiac properties; decoction is prescribed for cough, chills and fevers. Leaves are considered antiseptic and used in gonorrhoea. Pods are useful in sore-mouth of children. Roots and leaves are used for typhoid and tetanus in Khagrachari by the tribal.

Distribution:
Forests of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.


URARIA PICTA
URARIA PICTA Desv.



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