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Hoya parasitica Wall.

Group: Dicot
Family: Asclepiadaceae - Milkweed family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Chera pata (Rema-Kalenga), Pargacha.

Tribal Name: Fessya gaas (Chakma), Faissa gaas (Tanchangya).

Description of the Plant:

An epiphytic creeping shrub, branches stout, glabrous, twining. Leaves oblong-elliptic, ovate-elliptic or lanceolate.Flowers waxy, white, faintly scented with a pink or purplish centre in densely umbellate cymes.

Mode of Uses:

  • A leaf extract is applied to the body for body pain and applied to the head for the treatment of fever (Chakma).
  • Leaves are applied externally to the forehead and a leaf extract is taken for the treatment of fever (Tanchangya).
  • Leaves are used for the treatment of Jundice; extract and paste is used to alleviate body pain. Leaves are also given to cows for diarrhoea in Rema-Kalenga.
Hoya parasitica Wall.

Hoya parasitica Wall.

Distribution:

Sylhet, Moulvi Bazar, Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar, Sunderbans, Jessore, Satkhira, Comilla on old plants.

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