Synonym:Pisum vulgare Jundz.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Mator, Cabuli mator, Motor-shuti.
Tribal name: Atusa (Chak).
English name: Pea, Garden pea.
Description of the plant: A long, weak annual herb with hollow stems. Leaves pinnately compound, with terminal tendril, leaflets 2-8, ovate or elliptic, undulate margin, stipules large, foliaceous, ovate, denticulate in the lower half, rather larger than leaflets. Inflorescence axillary, solitary, or 2-3 flowered racemes; flowers white, pink and purple. Pods straight or curved, 5-10 cm long, containing 6-9 seeds. Ripe seeds round, smooth, or wrinkled.
Plant parts used: Seed.
Herbal uses:Poultice prepared from dried and powdered seedsis used for acne and other skin complaintstreatment.
Infusion made from the seeds of the plant is taken once a day at morning for some days to treat spermatorrhoea.
The dried and powdered seed has been used as a poultice on the skin where it has an appreciable affect on many types of skin complaint including acne and wrinkled skin.
Seeds of the plant are used for the treatment of stomachache and joint pain.
Seed oil given once a month to women for contraception.
Distribution: It is cultivated throughout the country.
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