Basic Information



Species                                   : Fagopyrum debotyrs (D.Don) Harra.

Local Name                             : Ban Phapar (Nep).

Synonym                                 : F. cymosum(Treviranus) Meissn.

Family                                      : Polygonaceae.

Habitat                                    : A herb thrives well in moist places.

Distribution                            : Distributed to temperate region.

Sikkim                                     : Bhutan (Chukka district, Ha to Monga district).

Out side                                 : Roadside ditches and margins of cultivation; 1400- 3050 m.

General                                  : Himalaya, Meghalaya, Tibet, East China.

Morphological information

A stem up to 1 m but sometimes up to 2- 3 m; lower leaves broadly deltoid, up to 13 cm long and broad; ocrea 2- 3.5 cm, brown; flower in slender branching, spike like racemes; perianth segments 3mm, white; achene ovoid, c7 mm, sharply trigonous, surface flat or concave.

Flowering               : June-September.

Fruiting                  : August-December.

History                  :

Parts                     : Grains.

Status                   : Vulnerable.



β- sitosterol, (C 4 →C- 8) bis- (5, 7, 3'. 4'- tetrahydroxy- flavan- 3- ol (I) and an unidentified compound isolated (Yao Hsueh Tung Pao 1980, 15, 40; Chem. Abstr. 1981, 95, 86201 n); hecogenin isolated from bulbs (Yaoxue Xuebao 1983, 18, 545; Chem. Abstr. 1984, 100, 56722n).



 The grains are recommended as a diet in colic, choleric diarrhoea, flexus and abdominal obstructions.



1. Grierson, A.J.C and D.G. Long (1987). Flora of Bhutan including a record of plants from Sikkim (Vol. 1, part 1). Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh.

2. Progress Report of the project " Studies on Medicinal Plants of Sikkim" (1998- 2001). State council of Science and Technology for Sikkim.