Colocasia ESCULENTA (L.) Schott.

Synonym : Arum esculentum L.
Alocasia illustris W.Bull
Arum chinense L.
Calla virosa Roxb.
Caladium esculentum (L.) Vent.
Colocasia vulgaris Raf.
Leucocasia esculenta (L.) Nakai
Bangla Name : Kachu, Mukhikachu, Bahumukhi, Mokaddam kachu. ,Sung Faoua Sarakan (Marma), Ara Kachu, Chara Kachu (Tanchangya).
English Name : Taro, Dasheen, Eddo, Cocoyam.
Family : Araceae
Disease : Styptic, stimulant, rubefacient, tumours, ulcerated polyp, cancer, laxative, piles and portal system and alopecia.
Description : Tall herb with underground tuberous stem. Petiole erect, up to 1.2 m. long, lamina peltate-ovate, cordate at the base, up to 50 cm. long. Spathe pale yellow, 15-35 cm long, spadix much shorter than the spathe.
Distribution : In most of the districts, cultivated and wild.
Chemical Constituents : Leaves contain sterols, HCN and oxalic acid. Rhizomes contain starch, trypsin inhibitor and 2- ?-amylase inhibitors sterols and calcium oxalate (Ghani, 2003).
Uses : The pressed juice of the petioles is styptic, stimulant and rubefacient, used in athlet’s foot and to stop bleeding from cuts. Leaf juice is used in tumours, ulcerated polyp, cancer of nose and warts. Corm juice is laxative, used in cases of piles, conges
Habit : Herb