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Ixora nigricans Br. ex Wight & Arn.

Group: Dicot
Family: Rubiaceae - Madder family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub

Tribal Name: Dikranga Chuillya (Chakma, Tripura), Rongma; Frareko (Marma).

Description of the Plant:

A large shrub. Stem greyish brown. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, oblanceolate, thinly coriaceous, and glabrous. Flowers in shortly peduncled bracteate cymes. Fruits size of a pea, black.

Mode of Uses:

A root extract is taken to treat diarrhoea; a paste of the root is heated by a burnt iron rod and taken (and the bark applied to the ear) for the treatment of ear infections; a paste of the leaves of Ixora nigricans, Ophiorrhiza mungos and Pterospermum acerifolium is applied to affected areas for paralysis by the Chakma.

A paste of the leaves is applied to affected areas for the treatment of boils; pills prepared from the paste of the leaves are taken thrice daily for dysentery by the Tanchangya.

Extract prepared from leaf taken and paste prepared form root applied in the whole body as a remedy for unconciousness of little child and extract prepared from root, taken one cupful four times daily for two days against vomiting & over bleeding (Marma).

Ixora nigricans Br. ex Wight & Arn.

Ixora nigricans Br. ex Wight & Arn.

Distribution:

Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar.

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