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2b. Bistorta amplexicaulis var. speciosa (Meisn.) Munshi et Javeid, Syst. Stud. Polygon. Kashm. Himal. 60. 1986; (Fig.10, A-D).

Vern.: Masloon.

Polygonum speciosum Meisn., Monogr. Polyg. 66. 1826; Polygonum amplexicaule D. Don var. speciosum (Meisn.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 33. 1886.

Fl. Per.: June-September.

Type: Nepalia, Wallich.

The type variety is rather common on lower altitudes 1200-2500 (-3500) m, whereas var. speciosa grows at higher elevation, common to 2500-4000 m. The rhizome of both the varieties is used for making tea and decoction. The decoction is diuretic, and also used as expectorant, and in stomach disorders; Distribution: Pakistan-Chitral, Dir, Hazara; Kashmir.


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