Scientific name: Persicaria orientalis (L.) Spach
Synonym: Polygonum orientale L.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Bara panimarich, Bishkatali.
Tribal name: Aabang (Tanchangya).
English name: Prince’s feather, Oriental pepper.
Description of the plant: A tall annual, with fistulous branches, 0.9-3 m high, usually softly hairy or silky. Stems robust, grooved. Leaves 15-23 cm long, lamina ovate or ovate-cordate, long-pointed; stipules short, truncate, hairy, ciliate at the mouth. Flowers white or red in dense, erect or drooping racemes, 5-10 cm long.
Plant parts used: Leaf and stem.
Medicinal uses: Paste prepared from leaves and stems of the plant is applied on the boils once a day for one day.
Distribution: Throughout the country in damp, lowlying areas, canal banks.
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