Smilax blumei A.DC.
Monogr. phan. 1: 202 (1878).

Distribution The Andaman Islands, peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, New Guinea and north-eastern Australia.

Uses Smilax blumei is probably used for similar medicinal purposes as Smilax leucophylla. The roots are boiled by the Kedayan people in Sarawak to make a drink for treating rheumatism.

Observations A climber up to 20 m long with sparsely prickly stem and branches; leaves ovate-elliptical, up to 25 cm long, petiole up to 3 cm long, wings of petiolar sheaths distinct, tendrils present; inflorescence with (1-)3-10 umbels; fruit about 8-12 mm in diameter, dark purple to black at maturity. Smilax blumei occurs in evergreen forest up to 1500 m altitude. It has often been confused with Smilax leucophylla, which can be distinguished by its glaucous leaf undersurface and thicker leaves.

Selected Source:
  • [278] Conran, J.G. & Clifford, H.T., 1986. Smilacaceae. In: George, A.S. (Editor): Flora of Australia. Vol. 46. Iridaceae to Dioscoreaceae. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, Australia. pp. 180-196.
  • [779] Koyama, T., 1960. Materials toward a monograph of the genus Smilax. Quarterly Journal of the Taiwan Museum 13: 1-62.
  • [780] Koyama, T., 1975. Smilacaceae. In: Smitinand, T. & Larsen, K. (Editors): Flora of Thailand. Vol. 2. The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department, Bangkok, Thailand. pp. 211-250.
  • [1227] Ridley, H.N., 1922-1925. The flora of the Malay Peninsula. 5 volumes. Government of the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States. L. Reeve & Co, London, United Kingdom.

Author: Stephen P. Teo

Source of This Article:
Teo, S.P., 1999. Smilax blumei A.DC.In: de Padua, L.S., Bunyapraphatsara, N. and Lemmens, R.H.M.J. (Editors). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Backhuys Publisher, Leiden, The Netherlands, p. 449

Recommended Citation:
Teo, S.P., 1999. Smilax blumei A.DC.[Internet] Record from Proseabase. de Padua, L.S., Bunyapraphatsara, N. and Lemmens, R.H.M.J. (Editors).
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
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