Scientific name: Tamilnadia uliginosa (Retz.) Tirveng. & Sastre
Synonym: Gardenia uliginosa Retz.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Piralu, Pedalu.
Tribal name: Monkala (Murang).
English name: Divine jasmine, Tamilnadia.
Description of the plant: A deciduous medium-sized tree, bark reddish-brown, shoot 4-angled, pubescent. Leaves elliptic, obovate-oblanceolate, 5-20 cm long, clustered at the end of short shoots, apex obtuse to slightly acute, base cuneate. Flowers solitary, white. Fruits ovoidal, yellowish.
Plant parts used: Leaf.
Ethnomedicinal uses: An extract is prepared from the leaves of the plant is used for the treatment of diarrhoea, cholera, and dysentery.
A paste is made with the leaves of the plant are applied on the acne twice a day until the disease is cured.
Decoction prepared from the leaves of the plant is used for the treatment of urination problem.
Distribution: It occurs in Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Mymensingh, and Rajshahi districts of Bangladesh.
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