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Dioscorea belophylla Prain

Group: Monocot
Family: Dioscoreaceae - Yam family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Vine

Tribal Name: Ho (Khumi)

Description of the Plant:

A slender twining herb, tuber stalked, stem twining to the right, glabrous. Leaves alternate, cordate.Male inflorescence stout.Female inflorescence axillary.Flower sessile.

Mode of Uses:

Tuber cooked as vegetable (Khumi).

Shoots are used for the treatment of heart trouble in Rema-Kalenga. Chakma of Chittagong Hill Tracts use fresh leaves for the treatment of jaundice and mumps.

Distribution:

Forest areas of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Moulvi Bazar and Sylhet.

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