Schizocapsa guangxiensis P.P.Ling & C.T.Ting
Schizocapsa plantaginea Hance
Tacca plantaginea is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of leaves from a subcylindric rhizome. The leaves are 10 - 25cm long on petioles around 7 - 12cm long.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Forests, along rivers, valleys, and trail sides; at elevations from 200 - 600 metres[
E, Asia - southeast China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand
Wet places in mountainous regions[
The roots are used for the relief of dyspepsia, colic, diarrhoea, jaundice following viral hepatitis, menstrual disorders, hypertension, neurasthenia, sciatica, rheumatism and infantile poliomyelitis[
The tuberous roots, harvested in the growing season, are well washed, sliced, impregnated with ginger juice, then lightly roasted on a low fire to obtain a good flavour[
The tuberous roots contain cholan saponins that yield diosgenin on hydrolysis[
]. Diosgenin is a phytosteroid sapogenin. It is widely used in modern medicine in order to manufacture cortisone, progesterone and other steroid medications. These are used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in a host of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis[
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