Family: Vitaceae

Synonym: Cissus discolor Blume                             

Bengali/Vernacular name: Dukhu lata.

Tribal name: Ajongma pinon (Chakma), Angchongma penui (Marma), Dukhu-pwi (Tripura).

English name: Painted cissus.

Description of the Plant: A climbing herb with subwoody base and colorful leaves, whole plant quite glabrous, branches slender, subangular, deep red. Leaves apex ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, base cordate or subtruncate, crenate-serrate, deep green above, often blotched with greyish-green, deep red beneath, petioles red. Flowers 1-6 mm across, greenish-yellow. Fruit a berry, obovoid, reddish-purple to black, 1-seeded.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, root.

Traditional Uses: The plant is used for the treatment of stomach-ache.
A poultice of the leaves is used to treat itches.
Root, powdered and heated, applied to cuts and fractures.
A paste made with the leaves of the plant is applied to the affected area for the treatment of boils, and snake bites.
Traditionally the plant is used for treatment of bruises, epilepsy, fever, jaundice, gout, hysteria, and urolithiasis.

Distribution: This species occurs in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachari, Rangamati, and Sylhet districts.

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