Family: Menispermaceae

Synonym: Stephania rotunda auct. non Lour.                  

Bengali/Vernacular name: Thanda manik.

Tribal name: Khabukka (Chakma), Soh-laroh (Khasia), Thaya nuya (Marma), Thandamanik (Tanchangya).

English name: Hairless tape vine.

Description of the Plant: A woody perennial, climber, entirely glabrous, with large tuberous rootstock often exposed and stem arising from the tuber. Leaves thin, membranous, broadly ovate or semi-circular, apex obtuse, base broadly rounded to truncate or slightly cordate, margin entire, sometimes lobed. Inflorescence axillary, peduncled, umbelliform cymes, flower orange color. Drupes obovate, 6 mm long.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, root.

Traditional Uses: Extract of the root is taken for the treatment of hysteria.
A paste made with the leaves of the plant is applied to treat snakebites.
A root extract is taken for the treatment of fever.
Extract prepared from roots of the plant is taken for the relief of stomach pain.
The plant is used for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, asthma, abdominal pain, and dysentery.

Distribution: This species is found in the district of Sylhet, and Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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