Polianthes TUBEROSA L.
|Synonym :|| Agave polianthes Thiede & Eggli
Crinum angustifolium Houtt.
Polianthes gracilis Link
Tuberosa amica Medik.
|Bangla Name :||Rajanigandha.|
|English Name :||Tuberose.|
|Disease :||Diuretic, emetic, gonorrhea, red pimples and buboes.|
|Description :||A leafy tuberous herb. Basal leaves linear, 40-60 cm long, less than 1 cm wide, those on the stem much shorter. Stem erect, 0.5-1 m high. Flowers fragrant, waxy white, in pairs, 5-6 cm long, tubular.|
|Distribution :||Cultivated in the gardens.|
|Chemical Constituents :||Bulb contains saponins and sapogenins, tigogenin. Indole has been isolated from the cultivated tuberose varieties. Flowers contain an essential oil (Ghani, 2003). Plant also contains hecogenin (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1993).|
|Uses :||The flowers are considered diuretic and emetic. The dried and powdered bulbs are used as a remedy for gonorrhoea. The bulbs rubbed up with turmeric and butter is applied to new born babies to remove small red pimples on their body. They are also rubbed in|