Hedychium crassifolium Baker
Common Name: Perched Gingerwort
Perched gingerwort is an epiphytic herb that clasps on to the branches of trees and large shrubs near ground level with its thick mass of fleshy roots[
]. Several leafy stems up to 70cm tall grow out of a short, thick rhizome[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Widely scattered in lowland and lower hill forests on the stems and branches of small trees, which it clasps with its thick mass of fleshy roots[
The roots are used in the treatment of syphilis[
A decoction of the roots, added to a bath, is traditionally used as a vermifuge[
]. The root decoction is applied externally to treat earache[
A decoction of the smaller wormlike rhizomes is used as a remedy for intestinal worms - this is probably based on the doctrine of signatures[
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