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Useful Tropical Plants

Homalomena aromatica

(Spreng.) Schott

Araceae

+ Synonyms

Calla aromatica (Spreng.) Roxb.

Zantedeschia aromatica Spreng.

Zantedeschia foetida K.Koch

Common Name: Gondh Kochu

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General Information

Homalomena aromatica is an aromatic, evergreen, perennial, somewhat robust, stemless to decumbent plant growing up to 60cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of essential oil.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Bangladesh, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam

Habitat

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.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The whole plant smells of camphor[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Edible Uses

The rootstock is aromatic and is sometimes used as a flavouring and seasoning[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
]

The petiole of the plant has a pleasant aroma and is used locally as a spice and condiment in curries[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

The leaves are cooked as vegetable which is seen as beneficial in treating digestive disorders[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The large rhizomes are valued as an aromatic stimulant[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
]. They are used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
785
Title
Medicinal Plants of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Duong
Publisher
Mekong Printing; Vietnam (Printers)
Year
1993
ISBN
0-9837303-1-2
Description
Published by the author, this is an excellent book on the medicinal attributes of plants growing in the area that used to be called Indo-China.
].
The aroma is traditionally used for treating common cold of infants[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].
The fresh rhizomes are crushed and the paste applied as a poultice to treat inflammation[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

The whole plant is used in the treatment of skin diseases[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

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[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The rhizome, on steam distillation, yields about 5% of an essential oil that is an important perfume ingredient[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
,
472
Title
Aroids: Plants of the Arum Family.
Publication
 
Author
Bown D.
Publisher
Timber Press; Portland, Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-485-7
Description
An excellent treatment of the family Araceae, giving lots of information about the plants, how to grow them, their uses etc. I found it a bit disordered - if you want all the information on a specific species you have to trawl through the whole book.
].
The essential oil also has potential for use as an insecticide, fungicide and larvicide[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

The rhizome is used as an insect repellant[
1768
Title
CNS effects of Homalomena aromatica based on linalool content: A review.
Publication
Curr Trends Pharm Res, 2016, 3(2):20-38.
Author
Goswami A K, Banu Z W, Sharma H K.
Publisher
 
Year
2016
ISBN
2310-4820
Description
 
].

Propagation

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