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Maranta arundinacea L.

Group: Monocot
Family: Marantaceae - Prayer-Plant family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Ararut, Jakhur.

Tribal Name: Dongtrungam (Khumi), Fai Ruoi Uo (Marma), Pring Tar Bai (Marma), Hup Roap (Murang).

English Name: Arrowroot, West Indian Arrowroot.

Description of the Plant:

A stemless, rhizomatous, annual herb, with fleshy cylindrical-obovoid tubers. Leaves ovate-oblong, upper leaves narrower. Flowers white, in laxly 2-chotomously branched inflorescence.

Mode of Uses:

Boiled rhizomes are taken as vegetable (Khumi).

The rhizome is acrid and rubefacient and used as a vulnerary. It yields arrowroot of excellent quality, chiefly used as a diet for invalids and children. The rhizome is eaten raw for the treatment of burning during urination and other urinary problems (Marma).

Maranta arundinacea L.

Maranta arundinacea L.

Distribution:

Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar.

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