Nervilia mekongensis S.W.Gale, Schuit. & Suddee
Pogonia fordii Hance
Nervilia fordii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a fleshy,globose tuber 10 - 15mm in diameter. The plant produces a single flowering stem 13 - 30cm tall, followed by a single, heart-shaped leaf around 5cm x 6cm. The tuber produces 1 to several lateral, subterranean runners during the leafing period, each runner producing new tubers at their apex[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam
Shaded damp places in forests; at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres[
]. Wet places in mountainous regions[
A decoction or infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, cough and furunculosis. The leaves may also be used as a depurative[283[:
A poultice of the pounded leaves is used as a remedy for impetigo, furunculosis and painful inflammations[
The leaves, harvested in autumn. are washed. then dried at low temperature. During drying, the leaves are lightly rumpled 2·3 times a day. They can be steamed before drying[
Division of the tubers.
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