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Elephant foot yam

Scientific name of Elephant foot yam: Amorphophallus Companulatus

Name of Elephant foot yam in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Chakra kanda, Suran

Hindi: oal

Malayalam: Chena ചേന

Plant description:

Elephant's foot yam (Amorphophallus Companulatus) is an annual plant used as a vegetable, it is a single leafed plant, erect in a single stem up to 1.5 m tall, young buds are pink, resembled like a young cattle horn, grows from yam, it grows fast and solitary leaf spread like an umbrella, Stem are light green and white dots. In the maturity, plant will become yellowish colour and after some day it will fell down and yam sleeping in soil. Yam(Corm) is globose, up to 30 cm in diameter, remaining in the soil, and grows up to 25 kg in the beginning of rainy season a bud of flower appears like a horn of animals, flowers are brown, grows to 25 - 30 cm. in blooming time it produces an unpleasant  rotten animal's smell to attract flies to pollinate. 

Useful plant parts: Corm, Roots, Leaves, Stem

Medicinal uses:

To treat bronchitis, asthma, abdominal pain, emesis, dysentery, enlargement of spleen, piles, elephantiasis, rheumatic swellings

Chemical contents:

Stigmasterol, betulinic acid, triacontane, lupeol, beta-sitosterol, glucose, galactose, rhamnose and xylose, and it has analgesic activity, antiprotease activity, and cytotoxic activity

How to prepare medicines:

Elephant foot yam is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-



The corm of Elephant foot YamThe Bud of Elephant foot Yam
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