Rourea concolor Blume
Rourea similis Blume
Santaloides concolor (Blume) Kuntze
Santaloides mimosoides (Vahl) Kuntze
Santaloides simile (Blume) Kuntze
Rourea mimosoides is a very vigorous climbing shrub producing shoots that can be 50 metres long and 10cm in diameter[
]. Rarely, it grows as a non-climbing shrub with drooping branches and very occasionally it can take the form of a small tree[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and as a source of tying material.
Southeast Asia - Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam.
Lowland and hill forests at elevations up to 750 metres[
]. It occurs in habitats ranging from beach forest, river banks, roadsides, bamboo forest and shrubberies to secondary and primary forest, at elevations from sea-level to 750 metres[
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Plants can flower and produce fruit throughout the year[
A decoction of the roots is taken for colic[
]. A decoction is also taken as a post-partum medicine, and as a remedy for colds in children[
A decoction of the leaves is taken as a remedy for bloody diarrhoea or as a diuretic[
A maceration (of the leaves?) in alcohol is reputed to be a stimulant and aphrodisiac[
Aqueous extracts of the leaves and stems have shown some antimicrobial activity against gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria in vitro[
The stems can be used as a string for binding fences[
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