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.
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:
Traditional Uses:The cooked corm taken internally to cure piles.