Family: Liliaceae

Synonym: Peliosanthes teta subsp. teta                             

Bengali/Vernacular name: Napigach.

Tribal name: Deo keret (Chakma), Predolulang (Marma).

English name: Peliosanthes. 

Description of the Plant: A scapigerous herb, with a rather large rootstock.  Leaves 4-8, petiole 20-30 cm, leaf blade lanceolate to elliptic, 16-23 x2-4 cm, with 5 main veins, apex acute to acuminate. Scape 3-20 cm. Inflorescence a reduced panicle, 10-15 cm; bracts lanceolate, 3-7 mm, membranous. Flowers in clusters of 2-5, purplish or bluish-green. Fruit a berry, 1-3, ovate, succulent, purple. Seed solitary, sub-globose, olive-blue. 

Plant parts Used: Leaf, root.

Traditional Uses: An extract made with the leaves and roots of the plant is used for having hot bath once a day for three days to treat burning sensation of the body.
Fresh juice extracted from roots of the plant is taken twice a day (three tea spoons amount each time) for one week to treat food poisoning.
A fresh juice extracted from the roots of the plant is taken thrice a day (10 ml amount each time) for four days to treat cold, and fever.
Leaf juice is orally taken for remedy of physical weakness, and anemia.
The fresh juice extracted from the plant is taken twice a day (two tea spoons amount each time) for two weeks to treat hyper acidity.
A paste made with root tuber and applied externally once a day for 2 days to treat snake bites.
Fresh juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is applied 2-3 drops to the ear for the treatment of earache.

Distribution: This species is found in forest of Habiganj, Chittagong, and Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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