Hill Glory Bower
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Hill Glory Bower
ative Photo: Subhankar Halder
Common name: Hill Glory Bower • Hindi: Titabhamt, भांट Bhant • Manipuri: ꯀꯨꯊꯞ ꯃꯥꯟꯕꯤ Kuthap manbi • Marathi: भंडीरा Bhandira • Tamil: Perukilai • Malayalam: Peruku • Telugu: Gurrapu katilyaku • Kannada: ಇಬ್ಬನೆ Ibbane, ಇಟ್ಟೇವು Ittevu, ಎಸಗ Esaga, ಪರಲೆ Parale, ಯಿಸಗ Yisaga, Basavana pada • Bengali: Bhant • Sanskrit: Bhandirah • Nepali: राजबेली Raajbeli, चितु Chitu, भेण्टा Bhentaa • Mizo: Phuihnam-chhia
Botanical name: Clerodendrum infortunatum    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Synonyms: Clerodendrum viscosum, Clerodendrum calycinum

Hill glory bower is a gregarious shrub, 1-2 m high. The quadrangular branches are covered with sily yellwish hair. Oppositely arranged leaves are oval, 10-20 cm long, hairy. The base of the leaf is heart-shaped. White flowers, tinged with pink, occur in large panicles. The five white petals are tinged pink at the base. Four long stamens, 3 cm, protrude out of the flower. Flowering: March-April.
Medicinal uses: Extract of the leaves is given orally in fever and bowel troubles in the Kuki and Rongmei tribes in the North-East India. Fresh leaf-juice is introduced in the rectum for removal of ascarids. Leaves and flowers are used to cure scorpion sting.

Identification credit: Rahul Prabhu Khanolkar Photographed in Dharmanagar, Tripura.

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