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Byttneria pilosa Roxb.

Group: Dicot
Family: Sterculiaceae
Growth Habit: Climbing shrub
Duration: Perennial

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Harjora.

Tribal Name: Shaha (Khumi), Salam Vra (Marma), Chaala ludhi (Tanchangya).

Description of the Plant:

A large woody climber with grooved, strigose, branchlets. Leaves suborbicular, palmately 3-lobed, pilose on both surfaces. Flowers minute campanulate, in a lax much branched inflorescence. Capsule globose, size of a large chery, studded with subulate barbed prickles.

Mode of Uses:

The plant is used in the treatment of fractured bones. For this purpose paste of the tendrillar stem with leaves are tied round the limbs. The crushed stems are applied to affected areas for the treatment of boils; an infusion of the leaves used in baths for the treatment of scabies (Chakma).

Paste prepared from tender stem with leaves is tied to around limbs for the treatment of fractured bones (Khumi).

Roots [together with 17 other plants (see Typhonium trilobatum) are used to prepare a paste, which is applied to affected areas for the treatment of elephantiasis (Tripura).

Byttneria pilosa Roxb.

Byttneria pilosa Roxb.

Distribution:

Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Srimongal, Gajni (Sherpur) and Habiganj.

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