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Thunbergia grandiflora Roxb.

Group: Dicot
Family: Acanthaceae - Acanthus family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Vine

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Nillata, Nallata.

Tribal Name: Deldi pata, Del lodi (Chakma), Kaly-kholo-ajing (Khumi), Jaunghilang (Bawm).

English Name: Bengal trumpet.

Description of the Plant:

A large climber. Leaves ovate or orbicular to lanceolate, sub entire, often angularly toothed. Flowers large, bluish-white, axillary from the uppermost leaves or in dense flowered racemes.

Mode of Uses:

  • The watery sap of the stem is applied to the eyes for the treatment of conjunctivitis (Chakma).
  • Sap of stem is applied to eyes in eye disease or shock (Khumi).
  • Sap of stem is taken to treat conjunctivitis (Bawm).
  • Leaves are used as a poultice in stomach complaints. Watered down sap of the stem is used to treat eye diseases in Chittagong Hill Tracts. Sap blown from the stem is given in eye pain; it has some cooling effect in the eyes (Marma).
  • Leaves are used to treat stone in urinary bladder and elephantiasis (Tripura).


Forests of Gajipur, Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Cox's Bazar , Tangail.

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