Scientific name: Plumeria rubra L.

Family: Apocynaceae

Synonym: Plumeria angustifolia A.DC.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kath golap, Chalta golap.

Tribal name: Aungra-paing (Chak), Lingmei-kamseng (Khumi), Angara (Marma), Mortam (Murang), Angra-pay (Rakhaing), Gulchi (Tripura).

English name: Temple tree, Frangipani. 

Description of the plant: A small tree. Leaves simple, large, 28-34 cm long, obovate, acute or acuminate at the apex. Cymes terminal, peduncles up to 17 cm long; flowers dark red. Calyx 5-lobed; corolla about 5-6 cm in diameter, tinged with pink or purple at least on the outside of the tube, pink with a yellow base.

Plumeria rubra

Plant parts used: Bark.

Ethnomedicinal uses: A decoction is made with the bark of the plant is advised to take once a day (50 ml amount each time) for one month to treat anaemia.

Paste prepared from the bark of the plant is applied on the affected part of the body to treat burning sensation of the body, facial paralysis, and bone fracture.

The juice is extracted from the bark of the plant is taken thrice a day (25 ml amount each time) until the jaundice and piles is cured.

Distribution: It is commonly grown in throughout the country.

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