Family: Fabaceae - Pea family
Growth Habit: Shrub
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Kochoi, Teri, Amalkuchi.
Tribal Name: Ketrang shak (Chakma).
English Name: Teri Pods.
A large scandent prickly shrub. Leaves abruptly bipinnate, 15-23 cm long. Racemes simple, equaling or exceeding the leaves. Flowers middle-sized, yellow; petals often reddish at the base. Pods glabrous, torulose, oblong-lanceolate. Seeds oblong, black.
Tannin is present in pod-cases but not in seeds. It also contains bitter substance bonducin and saponin (Chopra et al., 1992).
Roots are astringent; used internally in scrofula and diabetes. The powder of the root is useful in diarrhoea and other chronic fluxes. Root pounded and mixed with water is drunk as a febrifuge.Leaves is eaten as vegetable (Chakma).
Forests of Chittagong, Hill tracts North Bengal, Sylhet.
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