Scindapsus OFFICINALIS (Roxb.) Schott.

Synonym : Pothos officinalis Roxb.
Bangla Name : Gajpipul, Tiakathal.
English Name : -
Family : Araceae
Disease : Stimulant, diaphoretic, aphrodisiac, carminative, anthelmintic, antidiarrhoel, asthma, hypoglycaemic, antiprotozoal and rheumatism.
Description : A large epiphytic climber. Stem as thick as the little finger. Leaves dark green, 12.5-25 cm long, ovate, elliptic-ovate or nearly orbicular, caudate-acuminate, base rounded or slightly cordate, petiole broadly winged up to the knee. Peduncle solitary, terminal, spathe about 10-15 cm long, oblong, subcylindrical, spadix equaling the spathe, elongating in fruit, greenish-yellow.
Distribution : Dhaka, Tangil and Chittagong.
Chemical Constituents : The plant contains an alkaloid. Fruits contain a sterol, an oil, sugars, two glucosidic colouring matters, scindapsin A and B. Seed oil contains cyclopropenoid fatty acids and a new 11-hydroxy-cis, cis-5, 8-tetracosadienoic fatty acid (Ghani, 2003).
Uses : The dried and sliced fruit possesses stimulant, diaphoretic, aphrodisiac, carminative, anthelmintic and antidiarrhoel properties. Decoction of the fruit is used in asthma as an expectorant and exhibit hypoglycaemic and antiprotozoal activity. Pulp of the
Habit : Climber