Bengal ArumSunday 05 February 2017
Other Local Name : Tribal Name: Kharbas, Sarakao (Chakma); Kalman (Garo).
Botanical Name : Typhonium trilobatum
Family : Araceae
Main Use : Shak and medicinal use
Other Uses : Main uses :Bengal Arum ( Kharkon) is a common uncultivated leafy vegetable. The leaf blade with petiole of this herb are mixed with black cumin, garlic and dry chili are smashed and taken with hot boiled rice.Rural people in Tangail region love to take this preparation with cookek broken rice. The leaves are cut into small pieces , mixed with dried small fish ,cooked and served with boiled rice.
The plant is hypnotic. Fresh corms are very acrid and a powerful stimulant; employed as a poultice in tumours. The corms are reported to relax the bowels and provide relief in haemorrhoids and piles. They are eaten with bananas to cure the stomach complaints. The Garo of Madhupur applies root paste locally on ulcer of cattle.
Medicinal use :
Smashed Bengal Arum leaves served with banana cure stomach ailment. Paste made of the roots of Bengal Arum plant is used for treating skin lesion of cattle .
Availability: Bengal Arum is available in Chittagong ,Chittagong Hill Tract, Sylhet, Tangail and Dhaka districts.
Description : The stem is short but petioles are long. Leaves are deep green. The petioles are greenish brown.The lamina is triangular and seratted. Flowers are deep red .
Source of information : UBINIG field research and internet .