Aristolochia philippinensis

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Aristolochia philippinensis


Erect shrubby plant up to c. 1 m high. Leaves membranous or chartaceous, lanceolate, elliptic, or oblanceolate, 8.5-24 by 3.5-8.5 cm; Inflorescences in axils of foliage leaves, spiciform or racemiform, rachis up to 2 (-6) cm long, with distinct internodes, sparsely shortly hairy or glabrous; Stamens 6; Capsules subglobose, shortly cylindric, or oblong-ellipsoid, 1.5-2.5 by 1.5 cm, glabrous. Seeds triangular or deltoid, 4-4.5 by 4 mm, not winged, verrucose beneath and marginal part above, funicle broadened and covering the upper surface.


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Bancalan I present, Luzon present, Mindanao present, Mindoro present
Malesia: Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Bancalan I., Mindanao).


Decoction of the roots is used in the Philippines as a stomachic and emmenagogue (QUISUM-BING, l.c.).


IGARASHI 1979: Food Pl. Papilionidae. t. 16
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip. p 119
PERRY 1980: Medic. Pl. E. & SE. Asia. p 47
QUIS. 1951: Medic. Pl. Philip. p 254
SCHMIDT 1935 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 16b. p 241