Bhat, Hill glory bower, clerodendrum viscosum

Bhat or Hill glory bower (Clerodendrum viscosum, family: Verbenaceae) is an annual shrub attaining a height of 2-4  metre. It grows on fallow land as weed everywhere in Bangladesh. It is also found in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world particularly in Bangladesh & India.

Common names: Bhat, Ghetu, Bhatphul, Hill glory bower

Hill glory bower flowers are white, scented, borne on terminal panicle. Sepals 5, light green, petals 5. Lower parts of petals are brushed with red color. Stamens are much longer than petals. Flowering occurs in spring.

Leaves are big, dark green, petioled, ovate-lanceolate, 5-10 cm long & 2.5 -7 cm. wide, alternate. 

Fruit is a drupe, purplish blue, 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter.

The plant is used in malaria, chronic fever, skin disease, pain, insect bite. In worm & louse infection it is also used.


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