Scientific name: Monochoria hastata (L.) Solms.

Family: Pontederiaceae

Synonym: Monochoria hastaefolia Presl

Bengali/Vernacular name: Baranukha.

Tribal name: Khojutti (Chakma), Kowcha-rai-kayn (Chak), Kenchuri dalok (Tripura), Kyu-churi (Marma), Beda-bawn (Rakhaing), Tikri (Tripura).

English name: Arrowleaf false pickerelweed, Arrow-leaf monochoria, Arrow-leafed pondweed.

Description of the plant: A perennial robust herb with often long rhizome, covered with the remains of old leaf sheaths. Leaves 6-7 cm long, long-petioled, sagittate, hastate or cordate. Flowers racemed or subumbellate, colour violet-blue, dotted with red. Seeds a capsule, oblong, rounded at each end.

Monochoria hastata

Plant parts used: Leaf.

Medicinal uses: Leaves are used as poultice after boils have burst.

Leaf juice is taken for the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery and cough

Distribution: Throughout Bangladesh in swamps.

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