Leea angustifolia Lawson
Leea aspera Wall. ex G.Don
Leea cinarea Lawson
Leea coriacea Lawson
Leea diffusa Lawson
Leea integrifolia Roxb.
Leea latifolia Wall. ex Kurz
Leea pallida W.G.Craib
Leea parallela Wallich ex Lawson
Leea robusta Roxb.
Leea talbotii King ex Talbot
Leea venkobarowii Gamble
Leea macrophylla is a perennial plant with stems that becomes more or less woody. The plant is often shrub-like, and occasionally tree-like, growing from a tuberous rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye, It is planted in Sri Lanka for its medicinal use and may well also be cultivated in Malesia[
E. Asia - southwest China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Open vegetation, dry forest and teak forest, particularly forest borders and regrowth; at elevations from sea-level up to 2,250 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Species in this genus generally succeed in full or partial sun, preferring a moist, fertile, well-drained soil[
Leea macrophylla is a complex species with a variety of forms, that have probably arisen through pressure from the environment[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Used as a famine food[
Fruits - raw[
]. The fruit is a berry 10 - 15mm in diameter, containing 6 seeds[
The roots are credited with anodyne properties. The root paste is consumed with a glass of milk as a single monthly dose for birth control[
]. The powdered tuber is used as a treatment for sexual debility in males[
The roots are applied externally as a poultice on wounds and sores, and also as a treatment for guineaworm and ringworm[
The powdered leaves, mixed with honey, are used in the treatment of cancer[
The bark powder is given orally as a treatment for cancer[
The leaves contain an abundance of of phenolic constituents such as flavonoids, leucoanthocyanidins, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, syringic acid and gallic acid[
The root contains a red colouring agent, used for cloth[
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