Pergularia filipes Schltr.
Pergularia glabra Blanco
Pergularia glandulosa Blanco
Pergularia procumbens Blanco
Telosma cathayensis Merr.
Line drawing of the leaves and flowers
Photograph by: filibot.web
Telosma procumbens is a climbing shrub producing stems up to 4 metres long that twine around other plants for support[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible seedpods, which are eaten locally.
There are reports that the fresh leaves and stems can be poisonous to pigs[
E. Asia - China, Vietnam, Philippines.
Open woods, bushland, along rivers, at elevations from 300 - 800 metres in southern China[
]. Thickets and secondary forest at low elevations in the Philippines[
The immature green seedpods are cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. They have somewhat the same consistency and taste as string beans[
An infusion or decoction of the leaves is used to cleanse wounds, scabies, and ulcers[
]. The leaves are also used as a cataplasm, applied to the forehead in the treatment of headaches[
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