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Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urb.

Cacara erosa (L.) Kuntze
Cacara palmatiloba (DC.) Kuntze
Dolichos bulbosus L.
Dolichos erosus L.,Dolichos palmatilobus DC.
Pachyrhizus palmatilobus (DC.) ined.
Pachyrhizus angulatus Rich. ex DC.
Pachyrhizus bulbosus (L.) Kurz

Group: Dicot
Family: Fabaceae - Pea family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Vine, Forb/herb

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Shakalu, China alu

Tribal Name: Jura alu (Chakma), Tha kachang ma (Tripura), Baibara (Bawm)

English Name: Yam-bean

Description of the Plant:

Coarse and climbing herbaceous vine yielding large, edible, turnip-shaped fleshy roots. Leaflets are broader than long with a deltoid base, shallowly lobed upper half. Racemes are u7p to 45 cm in length. Flowers are pale blue or blue and white. Fruits pods, flat and hairy, containing 8 to 10 seeds. Roots are large, fleshy, and turnip-shaped.

Mode of Uses:

Fleshy roots are eaten raw (Chakma, Tripura, Marma, Bawm).


Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar.

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