Monochoria hastaefolia Presl.
Pontederia hastata L.
Family: Pontederiaceae - Water-Hyacinth family
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Baranukha.
Tribal Name: Khojutti (Chakma), Kenchuri Dalok (Tripura), kyu-Churi (Marma).
English Name: Arrow-leaf monochoria, Monochoria.
A perennial robust herb with often long rhizome, covered with the remains of old leaf sheaths. Stem erect.Leaves hastate. Infloresecence shortly stalked, dense. Flowers in racemes.
Rootstock contains starch; sugars, mucilage and acrid principles. Leaves and leaf stalks contain calcium oxalate (Ghani, 2003).
Stem and leaves are cooked as vegetables (Chakma, Tripura, Marma).
Monochoria hastata (L.) Solms
The plant is considered alterative, tonic and cooling. Juice of the leaves is applied to boils. Rhizomes pounded with charcoal are used for scurf.
Throughout Bangladesh in swamps.
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