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Useful Tropical Plants

Smilax calophylla

Wall. ex A.DC.

Smilacaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Smilax calophylla
Close-up of the fruits
Photograph by: Unknown
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
Smilax calophylla Smilax calophylla

General Information

Smilax calophylla is an erect to straggling slender shrub growing up to 2.5 metres tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia to northern Australia.

Habitat

Evergreen forests at elevations up to 1,600 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The rhizomes are aphrodisiac and tonic[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The leaves are smeared with coconut oil, heated and applied as a poultice to swellings[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-06-27. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Smilax+calophylla>

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