“Begonia Tessaricarpa, last seen in 1890, was found growing in the wild in Upper Subansiri and Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh by Kumar Ambrish and M Amadudin, scientists of the Botanical Survey India (BSI).
Known to local Adi and Tagin tribes as “Buckuchurbu” and “Rebe” respectively, the plant is used by them to treat stomach aches and dehydration.
….The plant is eaten raw and cooked by local tribes for its “delicious sour taste”. The tribals make a chutney with its leaves and stem and consume it to treat stomach pain and dehydration.
The plant’s juice is used as ward of leeches by the tribes. The flowers of the plant have four petals — two large and two smaller — that makes them look attractive.”
Have any of our pharmaceutical companies explored the potential of this rare plant? Or given its rare status, is it better off hiding its traditional wisdom from corporate exploitation?
And lastly, as an aside, will the “hydration” possibilities offered by the Buckuchurbu lead to more evergreening in India?