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: V. pinnata L.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Arsol, Ashwal (Chittagong); Bhadruk, Awal (Sylhet).
Tribal Name: Ga urbo (Chakma).
Description of the Plant:
A medium-sized to large deciduous tree, 6-18 m tall, often fluted. Young parts, leaves and inflorescence densely covered with soft twany pubescence. Leaves 3-foliate, sometimes 5-foliate; leaflets elliptic lanceolate, 7-15 cm long, entire, acute. Flowers small, violet-blue, in densely pubescent pyramidal, terminal panicles, up to 25 cm long. Fruit a drupe, 5 mm across, globose, depressed at the top, black or dark purple when ripe.
Resin of the plant is burnt with Datura seeds to produce lethargy in Malaya. The bark extract of this plant is taken by Chakmas orally three times a day as a remedy for jaundice.
Forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Gazipur and Tangail.