Scientific name: Mikania cordata (Burm. f.) Rob.

Family: Asteraceae

Synonym: Mikania scandens auct. non L.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Toofainna lata, Assamlata, Taralata (Bengali); Refuzi lata (Noakhali, Chittagong).

Tribal name: Chinabelh (Bawm); Asham ludi (Chakma); Semozifung (Chak); Athisaheph (Garo); Lyhu-azing, Japai-acha (khumi); Zagamlau (Lushai); Woalaban (Marma); Ruite (Pangkhoa); Nui-bawn (Rakhaing); Doun-dolong (Tripura).

English name: Climbing hempweed.

Description of the plant: A glabrous twining perennial herb. Leaves petiolate, lamina up to 9 × 6 cm, usually cordate, sometimes deltoid-ovate, acuminate at the apex, margin entire-sinuate, usually glabrous, rarely sparsely pubescent on both surfaces. Inflorescence a capitulum, cylindrical, numerous in terminal corymbose panicles on axillary branches, pedunculate. Flowers small, white.

Mikania cordata

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Medicinal uses: Decoction of leaves is taken for the treatment of gastric ulcer, dyspepsia and dysentery.

Fresh leaves are used to stop and cure hemorrhages from cuts and wound.

Leaf paste is used to treat scabies, foot mud sore.

Distribution: It is found all over the country.

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