Synonym:Bougainvillea brasiliensis Raeusch.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Bagan bilash, Kagoj phul.
Tribal name: Kagojphul gach (Chakma), Chakun-pay-aphru (Rakhaing).
English name: Bougainvillea, Paper flower.
Description of the plant: An evergreen climbing shrub, with large thorny stems and long drooping branches. Leaves simple, alternate, 5-10 cm long, pubescent, base ovate, apex acuminate.Flowers tubular, partially to completely surrounded by showy colourful purplish bract.
Plant parts used: Leaf, stem, flower.
Herbal uses: An extract made from leaves and stems of the plant is taken to treat diabetes.
Decoction prepared from the dried flowers of the plant is used to treat leucorrhoea.
The powder made from leaves and stems of the plant is used to treat diarrhoea.
A fresh juice extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant is taken thrice a day (two tea spoons amount each time) until the stomach disorder is cured.
Decoction made from leaves and stems of the plant is administered to treat hepatitis.
Infusion made with the flowers of the plant is used as treatment for low blood pressure.
The plant is used for the treatment of cough and sore throat.
Distribution: It is planted as an ornamental plant throughout the country.
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