State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson

  • Family: Araceae
  • Vernacular names: Kattuchena, കാട്ടുചേന (Malayalam), Elephant foot yam (English), Surana (Sanskrit), Suran (Hindi), Karana kizhangu (Tamil)
  • Distribution: India, Sri Lanka and Pacific Islands
  • Description: Herbs, corm depressed globose, tubercled, pale pink inside. Petiole thick, green with brown patches; lamina 70-120 cm across; lobes to 14 x 5.5 mm. Spathe campanulate, undulate, dull greenish-brown; spadix as long as spathe. Flowers greenish-pink or purple on the lower half of the spadix. Berry oblong, obovoid, orange-red, glabrous.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Moist deciduous, also in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: May-June

  • Parts used: Corms
  • Properties & Uses: Anti-microbial, carminative and expectorant. Corms are used against dysentery, piles, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, inflammations, anemia and seminal weakness.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk,
  • Traditional Uses:The cooked corm taken internally to cure piles.
  • Conservation Status: Least concern.
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