Most of the uses recorded here were listed under Cnestis platantha Griff. In most recent treatments that species is now considered to be a synonym for this species[
Cnestis annamensis Gagnep.
Cnestis diffusa Blanco
Cnestis flaminea Griff.
Cnestis foliosa Planch. ex Kurz
Cnestis ignea Planch. ex Kurz
Cnestis platantha Griff.
Cnestis ramiflora Griff.
Thysanus palala Lour.
Climbing and fruiting plant, growing through other vegetation
Photograph by: loupok
Cnestis palala varies quite widely in habit. Usually a climbing woody plant, twining into the surrounding vegetation for support, it is sometimes more shrub-like with scrambling growth or can even grow into the shape of a small tree. The stems can be very vigorous, up to 25 metres long has been recorded[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Rainforests and thickets, in both primary and secondary formations, often by streams, at elevations up to 500 metres in Malaysia[
Fruit - possibly eaten[
]. The pear-shaped fruit is sinuously curved, slender, around 35 - 70mm long and 15 - 25mm wide[
The paste of the young leaf is warmed and applied to the body to treat fever during flu[
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