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.
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
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).
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