Salacia latifolia Wall. ex Lawson
Salacia prinoides (Willd.) DC.
Tontelea prinoides DC.
Salacia chinensis is usually a climbing plant, though is sometimes a scrambling shrub and occasionally becomes more tree-like. It can grow from 3 - 10 metres tall with a stem up to 16cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Tropical Africa; E. Asia - China, coastal India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Forests at elevations from 100 - 700 metres in China[
]. Forests along sea-shores and sandy river banks, in lowland primary forest at elevations up to 450 metres[
The flowers emit a strong, unpleasant aroma[
Fruit - raw[
]. The small amount of pulp surrounding the seed is eaten[
]. The globose to ovate, red fruit is around 10 - 25mm in diameter, containing a single seed[
The roots are abortifacient and astringent. A decoction is used as a treatment against amenorrhoea and to normalize menstruation in general, and is also given in order to invigorate the circulation[
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