Scientific name: Pothos scandens L.

Family: Araceae

Synonym: Pothos cognatus Schott

Bengali/Vernacular name: Batilata, Sunat, Sundad, Hatilata.

Tribal name: Kijing sinapata, Saik paing, Hijing chinepata (Chakma); Soitak, Kansiripata (Marma); Pha-len-zey (Rakhaing); Komorching barsanga (Tanchangya).

Description of the plant: An epiphytic creeping liana, branch cylindric, densely clothed with leaves. Leaves petiolate, broadly winged, obovate-oblong to linear-oblong, many-nerved, lamina ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, base rounded to acute, apex attenuate-mucronate. Inflorescence solitary, small, axillary. Spathe very small, cymbiform margins variously inrolled, purple, base short. Spadix yellow-green or yellow, sub-globose. Flowers oblong-cymbiform, yellow-green to dirty white. Fruit a berry, oblong-ovate, yellow or red.

Pothos scandens

Plant parts used: Whole plant.

Medicinal uses: Decoction is made with the plants is taken thrice a day (50 ml amount each time) for one month to treat asthma.

Paste prepared from the plant is applied on the affected area for once a day until blister is cured.

Paste is made with the plants is used with lime and mustered oil for making a plaster on the fractured bone and kept for 15 days.

Plant juice is taken thrice a day for three days to treat meningitis.

Decoction made from the plants is used to wash the head once a day until migraine headache is cured.

Pea-sized pills are made with the plant is taken thrice a day (one pill each time) until the vertigo is cured.

Distribution: It is found in greater Sylhet, Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts districts and parts of northern Bangladesh.

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