Synonyms: Pothos officinalis Roxb.
Growth Habit: Climber
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Gajpipal, Tiakathal.
Tribal Name: Gastaytta (Chakma), Gaspaytta (Tanchangya).
A large epiphytic climber. Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate; petioles sheathing, geniculate. Flowers hermaphrodite, all fertile; spathe cymbiform, thick.
The plant contains an alkaloid. Fruits contain a sterol, an oil, sugars, two glucosidic colouring matters, scindapsin A and B. Seed oil contains cyclopropenoid fatty acids and a new 11-hydroxy-cis, cis-5, 8-tetracosadienoic fatty acid (Ghani, 2003).
A paste prepared from the leaves of Desmodium motorium, Mussaenda roxburghii and Scindapsus officinalis is applied to affected areas for the treatment of rheumatism (Chakma).
A leaf extract is taken for hysteria.Pulp of the fruit is used externally in rheumatism (Tanchangya).
Dhaka, Tangail and Chittagong.
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