Common Name: East Indian Arrowroot
East Indian arrowroot is a perennial plant growing around 45cm tall.
The plant is sometimes cultivated for its edible root in tropical areas[
E. Asia - India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam.
Shade under trees or bamboos at elevations up to 1,500 metres in Nepal[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Plants are adapted to growing in areas of seasonal drought in monsoonal forests[
Prefers a humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil in a shaded position[
A starch extracted from the rhizome is a good substitute for West Indian arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea)[
]. It can be used for making puddings or utilized in mixture with the starch of other species such as sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas); rice (Oryza sativa) and manioc (Manihot esculenta)[
The powdered root is a good demulcent[
]. A paste of the root is applied in cases of dislocated bones[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. Germinates best at temperatures around 20°c[
Division of the rhizome when the plant is dormant.
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