Synonyms: Tacca aspera Roxb.
Family: Taccaceae - Tacca family
Growth Habit: Herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Bara Hikand, Vrahikanda,
Tribal Name: Kiangpitta (Chakma), Lykkho (Khumi).
A rhizomatous herb, rhizome cylendric. Inflorescence 5-30-flowered. Outerinvolucral bracts 2, opposite, sessile, yellowish-green to purple with darker veins; inner bracts 2, incurved in axils.
Tuber contains saponin steroids, diosgenin, costanogenin, quercetin-3-arabinoside, taccalin, betulinic acid, n-triacontanol, proteins and amino acids, glycine, valine, leucine and ?-aminobutyric acid (Ghani, 2003).
Crushed plants of Elatostemma papilosum, Hedyotis scandens and Tacca integrifolia are dried in the sun and taken for the treatment of hysteria (Chakma).
Leaf stalk is cooked as vegetable (Khumi).
Tacca integrifolia Ker Gawler
Forests of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Moulvi Bazar.
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