Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Monocotyledon)
Family : Araceae
Genus : Alocasia
Species : macrorrhiza (Linn.) Schott
Common Name
English Name : Giant taro
Hindi Name : Mankanda
Manipuri Name : Hong-ngoo
Other Details
Habit : Robust and gregarious herb
Parts Use : Root, Stem and Leaf
Preparation : Root is boiled for extract. Leaves crushed and decoction. Petiole is crushed and boiled for extract. Leaf petiole is used in the preparation of “hentak” (a local fermented / dried fish preparation).
Mode of use : Decoction and Local Application
Ingredients : Rhizome is rich in starch. Leaves & petiole contain crystals of calcium oxalate and hydrocyanic acid.
Ailment Treated : Petiole and root juice (boiled) is antidote to scorpion and rattle stings. Leaf juice (boiled) used as rubefacient for pains in joints. Root decoction is laxative and diuretic.
Source : Commonly wild in the domestic compound and forest escapes.