Synonyms: Hedysarum tuberosum Roxb. ex Willd.
Family: Fabaceae - Pea family
Growth Habit: Climber
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Shemia batraj.
Tribal Name: Lekuie (Khumi), Aidot tang alu (Chakma), Tw- Mrong ok (Marma), Tha Rom (Tripura).
A large perennial climber, with a large tuberous roots. Leaves trifoliate; the terminal broadly ovate, ovate-oblong. Flowers blue or purplish blue, in racemes. Pods flatdensely clothed with long, silky, bristly brown hairs.
Roots contain ß-sitosterol, stigmasterol, daidzein, puerarin and a new isoflavone C-glycoside - 4',6''-diacetylpuerarin. A new pterocarpan - tuberosin has also been isolated from roots and tubers (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990 & 93).
Sap of the climber is as applied to cuts to stop hemorrhages. In addition dye prepared from the stem (climber) is used for dyeing cotton thread (Khumi).
Tubers are used as vegetables after cooking(Chakma, Tripura, Marma) .
Pueraria tuberosa DC.
Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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