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Elephantopus scaber L.

Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae - Aster family
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Herb

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Gojialata, Shamdalan, Gejiashak.

Tribal Name: Hatichada (Chakma); Sangkhate, Sangkhala, Pru Suang (Marma); Marmai (Murang).

English Name: Crowfoot Grass, Crab Grass

Description of the Plant:

An annual grass, with soft, stout stem. Spikelets pointing forwards at an acute angle with the rachis of the spike.

Chemical Constituents:

Plant contains cyanogenetic glucoside, triglochinin, ochratoxin A and a-amylase inhibitors. Grains contain albuminoids, starch and fatty oil. Seed coat contains phenolic compounds and flavonoids (Ghani, 2003). Orientin, isoorientin, vitexin, isovitexin, saponarin, violanthin, lucenin-1 and tricin are found in leaves (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).

Elephantopus scaber L.

Elephantopus scaber L.

Mode of Uses:

  • Decoction of plant is used for convulsion in children. It is also taken in liver complaints (Chakma).
  • Crushed plants are bandaged to affected areas for the treatment of fractures (Marma).
  • Root extract is taken to treat fever. Flower is eaten as nutritive vegetable (Murang).

Distribution:

Throughout Bangladesh in fallow lands.

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