Scientific name: Amorphophallus bulbifer (Roxb.) Blume

Family: Araceae

Synonym: Arum bulbiferum Roxb.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Jongle-ol, Amla-bela, Ulki.

Tribal name: Baghadumm, Chung-moro (Garo); Banka (Koch); Kenra-kachu (Rakhaing).

English name: Devil’s tongue, Voodoo lily, Corpse flower, Snake palm.

Description of the plant: An annual herb with large, depressed-globose, much-warted tubers. Leaves solitary, 3-partite, segments pinnatisect, appearing long after the flowers. Spathe 15-23 cm across. Spadix very stout; female inflorescence cylindric, male subturbinate, appendage dark-purple. Berries ovoid.

Amorphophallus bulbifer

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Ethnomedicinal uses: A paste is made with the very young leaves of the plant is applied on the biting place twice a day for two days to treat insect bite.

The plant is used in boils, hemorrhoids, tumours, cough, bronchitis, asthma, inflammation, and pain of rheumatic swelling.

Distribution: It is found in Sherpur, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Comilla, Habiganj, Maulvi Bazar, Sylhet, and Chittagong districts, and in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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