Rukh Alu / रुखालू / Hitchhiker Elephant Ear / Remusatia vivipara

Local Name: Rukh Alu / रुखालू

Common Name: Hitchhiker Elephant Ear

Botanical Name: Remusatia vivipara

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Herb

  • Occurrence: Subtropical forests, on rocks, cliff edges around 700m-1900m above sea level

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: Worldwide

  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Through Bulbils that attach like hooks to feathers of birds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves & Stem

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: Tubers are boiled or roasted before eating and made into curries or cooked with other vegetables

  • As Medicine: Root juice is applied to wounds to remove any germs

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Needs to be Roasted or Boiled

  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Leaves and tubers must be cooked before eating, eg: by boiling.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Contains flavonoids.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Anti-bacterial, Wounds and cuts

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Root juice is applied to wounds to remove any germs


  • Tribal Recipe: Leaves are boiled with coconut milk to make a soup.