Family: Malvaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Banokra, Atlera, Nageji, Jangli Ghagra; Belaz-gota (Rema-Kalenga).

Tribal Name: Pobibaong, Fao Pi, Faw Ma (Marma); Wakkhansu Buphang (Tipra), Napsa (Murang).

English Name: Aramina Fibre, Congo Jute

Description of the Plant:
A shrubby perennial, up to 2 m high. Leaves usually broader than long, up to 11.3 cm long, cordate, serrate or toothed, stellately hairy, roundish, angled; lobes generally acute or acuminate, varying in size and numbers. Flowers small, clustered in the axils; corolla 15 mm long, pink. Capsules pubescent, covered with blunt spines.

Using Information:
Roots are a popular diuretic; used externally for lumbago and rheumatism. Decoction of stem and root is used in windy colic. The flowers are used as a pectoral and expectorant in dry coughs. Infusion of flowers is used as a gargle for aphthae and sore-throat. Leaves are used in abscess in Rema-Kalenga.


Chemical Constituents:
Seeds contain an enzyme, urease. They also contain pentosans, mucilage and proteins (Ghani, 2003).

In most of the districts in fallow lands.

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