Basic Information




Species                                   : Astilbe rivularis  Buch-Ham ex.D.Don.

Local Name                            : Burokhoti (Nep), Pango (Lep)

Synonym                               :

Family                                    : Saxifragaceae

Habitat                                   : An erect herb thrives well in moist places.

Distribution                            : Distributed to temperate Himalayas.

Sikkim                                     : Padamchen, Mangan, Lachen, Bakhim, Subaney Dara (Pangolakha tract), Kyongnosla- Karponang, Prekchu- Yuksom,

                                                Phadamchen, Bay- Tholung.

Out side                                  : Kashmir, West Bengal (Darjeeling, Senchele, Sukiapokhari, Rimbik, Labha to Neora river- 1900- 2600 m),

                                               Himachal Pradesh, Khasi hills, Bhutan.

General                                   : Himalaya (Kashmir- Arunachal Pradesh), Meghalaya, Manipur, Thailand.

Morphological information

A herbs of 1- 3 m, reddish brown villous perreniating by rhizomes up to 22 cm long and 12.5- 16 cm girth. Leaves up to 45 cm trifoliate, each pinna again 2- 3 ternate, leaflets ovate- elliptic, terminal, margin double serrated, veins appressed hairy beneath, panicle up to 125 cm long, densely hairy. Calyx 2- 5 lobes lanceolate, reddish. Petals 0. Stamens 5 cm. Ovary semi- inferior, capsule ovoid.

Flowering                : July-September

Fruiting                   : October-March

History                   :

Parts                      : Rhizome

Status                    : Vulnerable



Rhizome is used taken during the pain in the abdomen and extract of raw rhizome is taken with hot water during childbirth to restrict the over bleeding, It also has positive result when given in dysentery and during menstrual cycle disorders. The trekker in Sikkim and Darjeeling normally eat raw rhizome to quench the thirst.



1. Anonymous (1985). The Wealth of India (Vol.1). Publications and Information Directorate, CSIR, New Delhi. 475- 476.

2. Bhujel, R.B. (1996). Studies on the Dicotyledonous Flora of Darjeeling District. Unpublished PhD Thesis University of North Bengal. 314.

3. Grierson, A.J.C. and D.G. Long, (1987). The Flora of Bhutan (Vol.1, part.3). Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.488.

4. Progress Report of the Project "Studies on Medicinal Plants of Sikkim" (1998- 2001). State Council of Science and Technology for Sikkim.