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Maranta arundinacea, also known as arrowroot maranta West Indian arrowrootobedience plantBermuda arrowrootararu,ararao or hulankeeriya, is a large, perennial herb found in rainforesthabitats. It is cultivated for a starch obtained from the rhizomes(rootstock), which is called arrowroot. The name 'Arrowroot' lead many ayurveda doctors to use root stock of this plant instead of Curcuma angustifolia ("tikhur" in Hindi,"Koova" in Malayalam) a precious medicinal plant.

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