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Family: Dioscoreaceae
Genus: Dioscorea
Botanical name: Dioscorea alata Linn
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Alukam
English: Greater yam, Asiatic yam
Hindi: Khamalu, Chuprialu
Malayalam: Kachil, Kavuttu
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Winged yam is an invasive herbaceous, twining vine that can grow to lengths exceeding 30 ft. (9.1 m). It invades open to shady areas in the extreme south-eastern United States. Leaves are opposite, 8 in. (20.3 cm) long, and narrowly heart-shaped with long petioles. The stems are square with the corners compressed into wings. The vine rarely flowers. The seeds are winged all around. The chief means of reproduction is by aerial potato-like tubers (bulbils) located at the leaf axils and by underground tubers. Winged yam can form dense masses of vines that cover and kill native vegetation, including trees. It was introduced from Asia as a possible food source in the early 1800s. In some countries it is presently being cultivated for medicinal uses.
The poison from whip spider can be curie using Kachil.
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