Dracontium spinosum L.
Lasia aculeata Lour.
Growth Habit: Herb.
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Kantakachu, Kattosh (Chittagong).
Tribal Name: Asialong (Khumi), Hantthal deng-e (Chakma), Chorangkray (Marma), Kantha bowchwak (Tripura), Gandagi (Chakma), Taratu (Marma), Kattolii (Tanchangya).
A stout, intensely prickly marsh plant, with creeping rootstock. Leaves long petioled, young hastate or sagittate, old pinnatifid, segments lanceolate, acuminate. Spathe spirally twisted above the spadix. Spadix scarlet-coloured. Fruit an oblong capitate syncarp.
Fresh leaves are cooked or fried as vegetable. Tender stem is cooked with dry fish (Khumi).
Stem and tender leaves are cooked or fried in oil and eaten(Chakma, Tripura, Marma, Bawm).
The plant is recommended for colic, rheumatism and intestinal diseases. Corm is used as a remedy for throat affections. Leaves and corms are given as a cure for piles in Khagrachari.
Lasia spinosa (L.)Thw.
Throughout the country in low-lying shady areas, near water bodies.
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