Arisaema utile Hookfex Schott

Family Name:

Araceae

Local Name/English Name: Flowering Period: Status: Parts Used: Habit/Habitat:

Distribution:

Description:

Medicinal Uses: Collection:

Adbes, Wagmiwa, Sanpdibooti/Snake lily

May-June

Common

Tuber and cob seed

A wild herb, mostly found at shady and cold places in loamy soil.

Pakistan: Kashmir, Hazara, Changla Gali, Kaghan, Nathia Gali, Shogran, Dana, Sharan, and Thandiani. World: Bhutan, Afghanistan, Tibet, China, and Assam and Sikkim in India.

Wild herb, 16-33 cm tall. Bulbs subglobose, depressed with fibrous roots. Leaves solitary with three leaflets, subsessile, wavy margin. Middle one is orbicular to ovate. Leaflets form an umbrella-like structure. Petiole 20-35 cm long. Spathe tube 5-8 cm long, brownish-purple, white-ribbed; style purplish, stigma subcapitate. A cob-like structure developed on tuber bears a short stalk. Berry ovoid to subglobose, broad. One to three seeds (Fig. 3.10).

3 to 4 tubers and one to two cobs (fruit) are collected by men 20-40 years old, in late summer (August-November); stored in cloth or mud pot for further use.

Family Name: Araceae

Recipes: (a) 3 to 4 fresh tubers (1 kg) are added to a mud pot. The pot's mouth is covered tightly by a lid and then these tubers are roasted on a fire for 25-30 min. Next, the black roasted tubers are ground for 4-5 min. This black-colored powdered (kakh) is stored in a glass bottle and is given to patients suffering from asthma. For children, not used. For adults, 2-3 g of this powdered drug (at one time) is put into one dried grape and is given at night (bedtime) daily for 15-20 days.

(b) One fresh tuber is cut with a knife into round pieces. These pieces are placed on skin lesions or pimples and held in place by a piece of cloth daily once at night (bedtime) for 1-2 days.

(c) 1 to 2 red fruit grains are swallowed by men and women 25-45 years old one time daily for 2-3 days in case of gas trouble and stomach disorder (baddish). This drug is not given to children.

Family Name: Araceae

Diseases Cured: Gas trouble, stomach disorder, asthma, and skin problems (lesions and pimples).

Ethnobotanical Uses: The tuber is eaten by porcupines.

Phytochemicals: N-alkanes, N-alkanols, stigmasterol, sitosterol, compesterol, cholesterol, choline chloride, malic acid, fatty acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid [9].

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