Modecca bracteata Lam.
Trichosanthes bracteata (Lam.) Voigt
Trichosanthes palmata Roxb.
Family: Cucurbitaceae - Cucumber family
Growth Habit: Climber
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Makal.
Tribal Name: Choim-chapray (Khumi).
A large climber. Tendrils 2-more, commonly 3-cleft. Leaves usually palmately 3-5 lobed to about the middle, base cordate. Male flowers in axillary 5-10 flowered racemes. Petals wedge-shaped, fringed, exceeding the calyx-teeth. Female flowers axillary, solitary. Fruit globose, red when ripe, streaked with 10 orange streaks.
A new methylsterol, cyclotrichosantol and cycloeucalenol have been isolated from leaves. A triterpene- trichotetrol, mp. 289- has been isolated from root (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).
Trichosanthes tricuspidata Lour.
Paste prepared from root is applied to the affected area for remedy of pain. Root extract is taken thrice a day until cured for the treatment of body pain (Khumi).
Forest of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.
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