Aristolochia sericea

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Aristolochia sericea

Description

Erect shrubby plant up to c. 0.5 m high. Leaves thin-chartaceous or membranous, lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, 7-15 by 2-5 cm; Flowers few (one developing at a time), on very short, bracteate rachides (less than 10 mm long) in axils of foliage leaves; Stamens 6; Capsules subglobose, c. 1 cm ø, densely hairy, usually glabrescent. Seeds triangular, c. 2.5 by 1.5 mm, not winged, verrucose on both surfaces;

Distribution

Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present), Batangas present, Cagayan present, Ilocos Norte present, Luzon present, Union present
Malesia: Philippines (Luzon: Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Union, Batangas).

Uses

The entire fresh plant is used as a carminative, emmenagogue and febrifuge. The root, macerated in local spirituous liquors, is administered postpartum as a uterine tonic; this drug is said to be a violent abortive (QUISUMBING, l.c.).

Citation

BROWN 1921 – In: Bull. Bur. For. Philip. p 183
BLANCO 1877 – In: Fl. Filip., ed. 3. p 350
SCHMIDT 1935 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 16b. p 241
BLANCO 1845: Fl. Filip., ed. 2. p 198
PERRY 1980: Medic. Pl. E. &SE. Asia. p 47
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip. p 120
Merr. 1905 – In: Publ. Govt. Lab. Philip. p 72
SCHMIDT 1935 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 16b. p 241
SCHMIDT 1935 – In: E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 16b. p 241
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip. p 119
QUIS. 1951: Medic. Pl. Philip. p 255
BLANCO 1918: Sp. Blanc. p 134