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Taxonomy and Medicinal Uses on Acanthaceae Family of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

A. H. M. Mahbubur Rahman[1], M. Wahida Afsana[2], A.K.M. Rafiul Islam[3]
Page No. 82-93


Taxonomy and medicinal uses on the family Acanthaceae growing throughout the Rajshahi,
Bangladesh was carried out during September 2011 to August 2012. A total of 12 species under 10
genera belonging to the family Acanthaceae were collected and identified. Out of the total number
of species Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f.) Wall ex Nees., Barleria prionitis L., Hemigraphis
hirta T. Anders., Hygrophila auriculata (Schum.) Heyne., Justicia adhatoda L., Ruellia tuberosa L.,
Justicia gendarussa Burm.f. were common and Barleria cristata L., Nelsonia canescens (Lamk.)
Spreng., Rungia pectinata (L.) Nees., Thunbergia grandiflora L. Dipteracanthus prostratus (Poir.)
Nees in Wall. was rare species in the study area. For each species botanical name, local name,
habit, habitat, phenology, status of occurrence, chromosome number and medicinal uses have been
Keywords: Acanthaceae, Taxonomy, Medicinal plants, Folkloric uses, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

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