Smilax megacarpa is a climbing shrub, producing stems up to 6 metres long that can attach themselves to other plants for support by means of tendrils.
The rhizomes and fruit are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The plant also has minor local medicinal uses.
E. Asia - Assam, southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Locally frequent in evergreen forest at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
]. In Malesia, it is also found in bushes in open country[
Fruit - preserved[
The plant is used in local medicine in Laos, where it plays a role in medicines given after childbirth and against cough[
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