Family: Fabaceae

Synonym: Vigna sinensis (L.) Savi ex Hausskn. Dolichos sinensis L.

Bengali/Vernacular name: Borboti, China borboti (Bengali); Lairga-choi (Noakhali).

Tribal name: Siro (Khumi), Jhum sumi (Tanchangya).

English name: Cowpea, Chinese bean, Yard-long Bean, Black-eye-bean.

Description of the Plant: A climbing, glabrous, annual herb, climbing. Leaves trifoliolate, leaflet entire or slightly lobed, broadly or narrowly ovate. Flowers few in subcapitate racemes, reddish. Fruit a pod, 10-40 cm long, slightly depressed between the seeds, glabrous or minutely pilose.

Plant parts Used: Leaf, seed.

Traditional Uses: Powder prepared from the seeds of the plant is taken twice a day (1 g amount each time) for two days to treat diarrhea.
Beans are eaten to relief cold.
Paste prepared from the leaves is used in a poultice to heal and bondingthe broken bones.
Powder made from fried seeds of the plant is taken for the treatment of spermatorrhea.

Distribution: It is cultivated in many parts of the country.

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