Scientific name: Allamanda cathartica L.

Family: Apocynaceae

Synonym: Allamanda latifolia C.Presl

Bengali/Vernacular name: Alakananda, Ghanta phul, Harkakra.

Tribal name: Tin thuppa annol (Chakma), Anu choiloi (Marma), Kadyo-shya-payn (Chak), Khaw-rung (Murang).

English name: Yellow allamanda, Golden trumpet.

Description of the plant: An evergreen, scandent shrub. Leaves are opposite, in whorls of 3 or 4, although the upper ones may be scattered, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 8-12 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, pointed on both ends. Flowers are yellow and short-stalked; corolla about 7 cm long, tube funnel-shaped; calyx-teeth green, somewhat spreading, lanceolate. Capsule almost globose, unilocular; seeds numerous with a circular wing, without a tuft of hairs.

Allamanda cathartica

Plant parts used: Leaf, root.

Ethnomedicinal uses: Fresh leaf juice is taken twice a day (two tea spoons amount each time) for the treatment of malaria.

A paste is made with the roots of the plant is applied on the body twice a day until the gout is cured.

Leaf juice is administered for the treatment of diarrhoea, vomiting, and jaundice.

A fresh juice is extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken twice a day (two tea spoons amount each time) for the treatment of hyperacidity.

Distribution: The species occurs throughout the country under cultivated condition.

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