Calla aromatica (Spreng.) Roxb.
Zantedeschia aromatica Spreng.
Zantedeschia foetida K.Koch
Common Name: Gondh Kochu
Homalomena aromatica is an aromatic, evergreen, perennial, somewhat robust, stemless to decumbent plant growing up to 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of essential oil.
E. Asia - southern China, Bangladesh, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam
Evergreen, perhumid broad-leaved tropical and subtropical forests, less often in drier habitats such as seasonally partially deciduous perhumid forests, but then always associated with permanent water.
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The whole plant smells of camphor[
The rootstock is aromatic and is sometimes used as a flavouring and seasoning[
The petiole of the plant has a pleasant aroma and is used locally as a spice and condiment in curries[
The leaves are cooked as vegetable which is seen as beneficial in treating digestive disorders[
The large rhizomes are valued as an aromatic stimulant[
]. They are used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism[
The aroma is traditionally used for treating common cold of infants[
The fresh rhizomes are crushed and the paste applied as a poultice to treat inflammation[
The whole plant is used in the treatment of skin diseases[
The therapeutic potential of the essential oil from the rhizomes is not reported extensively, but it has tremendous potential as a prospective herbal remedy for different diseases[
The rhizome, on steam distillation, yields about 5% of an essential oil that is an important perfume ingredient[
The essential oil also has potential for use as an insecticide, fungicide and larvicide[
The rhizome is used as an insect repellant[
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