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DIOSCOREA PRAZERI

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Prain & Burkill.

Synonym ► D. Clarkei Prain & Burkill D. deltoidea Wall. var. sikkimensis Prain

Family ► Dioscoreaceae.

Habitat ► The Himalaya from Nepal to Bhutan, up to 1,500 m, also in Naga Hills.

Ayurvedic ► Neelaalu.

Action ► Tuber—antiphthiriac.

The rhizomes are used as a hair wash for killing lice. They contain diogenin (on dry basis) 2.5%. Also obtained are steroidal sapogenins, sito- sterol glucoside, prazerigenin-A gluco- side, prazerigenin-A bioside and 9,10- dihydrophenanthrenes.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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