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Giant Potato

Scientific name of Giant Potato: Ipomia paniculata/Pueraria tuberosa

Name of Giant Potato in different languages:

English: Aligator Yam, Milky Yam

Sanskrit: Vidari

Hindi: Ksheervidari

Malayalam: Muthak മുതക്ക്, Palmuthuk

Plant description:

Giant Potato-Ipomia paniculata is a vine, a type of morning glory, it can grow up to 10 m. Leaves are dark green, Leaf blades are circular in outline, 7 to 18 cm and 7 to 22 cm, palmately 5 to 7-divided. Flowers are pink and darker in center, funnel-shaped, 5 to 6 cm across. Rhizomes are the useful plant part in Ayurveda medicines, which is similar to the sweet potato.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Palmate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate

 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

To treat Vata disorders, increase breast milk, increase body strength, moderates menstrual discharge, increases body weight, and cure TB.

Chemical content:

Beta-sitosterol (an antioxidant) Ergonovine, (an alkaloid)


Giant Potato is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-



Danwantharam Thailam

Datriyadi Grutham

Aswagandadi Grutham

Dasaswarasa Grutham


Vidyaradi Kashayam

Vidyaradi Choornam

Madanakameswary Lehyam


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