Family: Marantaceae - Prayer-Plant family
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.
A stemless, rhizomatous, annual herb, with fleshy cylindrical-obovoid tubers. Leaves ovate-oblong, upper leaves narrower. Flowers white, in laxly 2-chotomously branched inflorescence.
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.
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar.
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