Kixia gitingensis Elmer
Vallaris angustifolia Merr.
Vallaris gitingensis (Elmer) Merr.
Kibatalia gitingensis is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole is straight[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood, possibly also as a food.
The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
The bark and leaves are used as a fish poison[
Southeast Asia - Philippines
Hill forests at elevations from 150 - 525 metres[
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We have no specific information for this species, but the flowers of plants in this genus are often cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
A decoction of root or bark is used as an abortifacient[
The leaves applied externally on the forehead are presumed to relieve headache[
The leaves are relatively rich in steroidal alkaloids, including gitingensine, which has spasmolytic properties[
The bark contains numerous alkaloids, among them paravallarine, N-methyl-paravallarine and lanitine[
The wood is used for making wooden shoes[
We have no more specific information for this species, but the wood of Kibatalia species is often used for medium-heavy construction under cover, and more often for small objects such as musical instruments, handicrafts and utensils[
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