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