Awapuhi (English) [ IPA: awapuhi ASM: ঔপুহি]
Contributed by: Anjal Borah (অঞ্জল বৰা) on 2009-10-26
1. (Common Noun) Awapuhi is a perennial, so from autumn until spring it goes dormant above ground as the leafy stems shrivel and die away, leaving the pale brown, creeping stems (rhizomes) at ground level. In the spring the plant springs up anew. The 10-12 blade-shaped leaves 15–20 cm long grow in an alternate arrangement on thin, upright stem to 1.2 m tall. Among the leafy stems the conical or club-shaped flower heads burst forth on separate and shorter stalks. These appear in the summer, after the leafy stems have been growing for awile. Perhaps the most common use of 'Awapuhi is as a shampoo and conditioner for the hair. The clear slimy juice present in the mature flower heads is excellent for softening and bringing shininess to the hair. It can be left in the hair or rinsed out. Hawaiian women often pick or cut the flowerheads of this plant in the forest, as they approach a pool or waterfall for a refreshing summer bath, leave the flowers atop a nearby rock, and then squeeze the sweet juices into their hair and over their bodies when the swim is completed. The sudsy juice is excellent for massage also. বহুত গাঁঠিযুক্ত এবিধ সুগন্ধি শিপাযুক্ত গছ৷ অসমীয়া বিবাহ প্ৰথামতে বিয়াৰ আগদিনা ৰাতি গাঁঠিয়ন খুন্দা কাৰ্য কৰে৷