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Ophiorrhiza horrisiana Heyne.

Group: Dicot
Family: Rubiaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Herb

Tribal Name: Jari (Chakma), kalashona (Chakma), Jariphul (Tanchangya), Pahari mehedi (Marma).

Description of the Plant:

A low soft, herbacious plant, pubescent or tomentose. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate. Flowers pink in terminal cymes, usually tomentose. Capsule glabrous.

Mode of Uses:

A paste of the leaves is applied to affected areas for the treatment of boils (Tanchangya).

The crushed roots are taken thrice daily for the treatment of dysentery with blood. Sun-dried crushed leaves are applied to ears for the treatment of earache (Chakma).

Leaf tea is taken for body and chest pain. A paste of the leaves is used to colour and ornament hands (Marma).

Ophiorrhiza horrisiana Heyne.

Ophiorrhiza horrisiana Heyne.

Distribution:

Forests of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts, Sylhet, in shady areas.

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