Delima hebecarpa DC.
Tetracera hebecarpa (DC.) Boerl.
Tetracera monocarpa Blanco
Tragia scandens L.
Tetracera scandens is an evergreen shrub. It varies in habit from a small shrub growing only 2 metres tall in areas of open vegetation to a woody climbing plant producing stems up to 30 metres long in thickets and forests[
]. The main stems can be up to 16cm in diameter[
The leaves are harvested from the wild and used locally as a sandpaper, whilst the plant also has a range of local medicinal uses.
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
A creeper or climber in thickets and secondary forests, especially on riverbanks and near the seacoast; in more open vegetation forming small shrubs. Found at elevations from sea-level up to 1,000 metres, but rarely above 500 metres[
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A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of dysentery[
]. The pounded young leaves are added to water and drunk as a medication for diarrhoea[
A decoction of the leaves is applied externally to boils[
]. The finely crushed young shoots are made into a poultice and put on bites of poisonous snakes[
The entire plant is considered medicinal. It is used as a diuretic, and in a mixture to treat blennorrhoea, and oedema of hepatic and renal origin[
]. A decoction of the plant is administered after childbirth[
The stem is antitussive, astringent and diuretic[
]. An infusion is drunk as a treatment against haemoptysis in tuberculosis[
]. The sap of the stem is drunk as a cough medicine[
]. The stem is used, in combination with other plants, to treat oedemas of hepatic and renal origin[
The stem infusion is used as a gargle against thrush[
Externally the infusion is applied to a sore throat, the action being due to the large amount of tannin it contains[
The root is used as an astringent in diarrhoea and is a traditional ingredient in a mixture against burns[
The roots are ground and the juice applied to mouth ulcers[
In combination with other plants, an infusion is drunk as a febrifuge, a tonic or a depurative[
The leaves are used as a sandpaper for smoothing wood and for polishing metalwork[
]. Due to their harshness, the leaves are employed to polish small articles[
]. They are also used for scouring pans, plates etc[
The flexible and tough young stem may serve as rough cordage[
]. Heated and twisted the stems may serve as bindings, and are considered durable[
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