Thunbergia grandiflora Roxb.
Family: Acanthaceae - Acanthus family
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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