Dioscorea bulbifera L.
Dioscoreaceae.
Local Name:
Saki Ganda.
Synonym:
D. sativa L.
Habit & Habitat:
A twining annual herb, with underground tuber, found in sub-tropical and temperate zones.
Taxonomic Features:
Tuber large, globose or pear shaped. Stem glabrous, twining clockwise, bearing brown warted bulbils. Leaves alternate, ovate, cordate at base. Inflorescence a spike. Male spike slender, drooping, 6-12cm long. Female spike simple, 2-many. Fruit a capsule. Seeds winged at the base.
Flowering and Fruiting:
July-September.
Harvesting Time:
August-October.
Medicinal Value:
Useful in colic, labor, gallbladder pains, chronic rheumatism, menstrual cramps and eczema. [5] It is also used as blood purifier, carminative and antipyretic. [9] Locally used in sore throat and indigestion, some herbalists use it in diabetes and also as blood purifier.
Part Used:
Tuber.
Occurrence:
Common.
Future Perspective:
Collection, Cultivation, Herbal Pharmacy.
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