Family: Sterculiaceae

Synonym: Byttneria grandifolia A.DC.                 

Bengali/Vernacular name: Grandilata.

Tribal name: Nilbhutta (Tanchangya).

English name: Climbing byttneria.

Description of the Plant: Woody climber or scandent shrub, longitudinally or spirally close furrowed on old stem, sparsely stellate hairy when young. Leaves simple, cordate, 10-18 cm long and 5-15 cm wide, base cordate, apex cuspidate. Flowers reddish, minute, in much-branched axillary umbellate cymes. Fruit a capsule, globose, armed, septicidally 5-valved, with persistent central column.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, stem, root.

Traditional Uses: A paste made with the leaves and stems of the plant is applied to the forehead to treat headache.
Sap of cut-stem retained in the mouth to treat stomatitis (children).
The root extract is taken and a paste of leaves is applied to forehead for the treatment of fever.
Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied to treat cuts and wounds.
Infusion of leaves is used in baths for scabies treatment.
A paste made with stems of the plant is applied to treat boils.

Distribution: The species is found in forests of Sylhet, Chittagong, and Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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