Abutua indica Lour.
Gnemon indica (Lour.) Kuntze
Gnetum indicum (Lour.) Merr.
Gnetum montanum megalocarpum Markgr.
Gnetum montanum parvifolium (Warb.) Markgr.
Gnetum scandens parvifolium Warb.
Gnetum parvifolium is an evergreen climbing shrub producing twining stems that can be 12 metres or more long and are usually thin and weak[
The edible seeds are gathered from the wild for local use, and the plant is also a source of fibre.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss caused by deforestation. Although it has a wide distribution, the ecoregions where it has been found are all classified as critical/endangered or vulnerable. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
E. Asia - southern China, Laos, Vietnam.
Forests at elevations of 100 - 1,000 metres in southern China[
]. Moist, shady tropical and subtropical forests at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. It has been found in thickets on sandy soil and also along the sides of streams[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Found in the wild on sandy soils[
]. Species in this genus usually prefer a position in light to deep shade, growing best in a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Seeds - cooked[
]. They are usually eaten fried[
The fruit is edible when cooked[
]. The red, oval fruits are about 3cm long[
An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
The stems are used as a source of water for drinking by people in the forest[
]. When freshly cut the stems yield a good quality of drinking water[
The fibres from the bark are used tying purposes and to make ropes[
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