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Family Asclepiadaceae
Kulañgan
Tylophora perrottetiana Decne.

Scientific names Common names
Tylophora perrottetiana Decne. Kulañgan (Ilk.)
Secamone macrostachya Blanco Maraipos-ti-bakir (Ilk.)
Cynanchum tenellum Blanco  
Oxystelma bifida Llanos  
Tylophora bifida F.-Vill.  
Tylophora merrillii Schltr.  
Tylophora rizalensis Schltr.  

Botany
Kulañgan is a slender, twining, smooth, herbaceous vine, 2 to 5 meters in height. Leaves are green, shining, oblong to oblong-ovate, 5 to 8 centimeters in length, pointed at the tip, with a broad, rounded or slightly heart-shaped base. Inflorescence is terminal and axillary, simple or slightly branched, slender, and 10 to 30 centimeters long. Flowers are numerous, dull-purple, 4 to 5 millimeters in diameter, and borne in scattered, racemosely arranged fascicles; the pedicels are few and about 7 millimeters long. Follicles are green, lanceolate, about 5 centimeters long, 5 millimeters thick below the middle and narrowed upward to the pointed apex.

Distribution
- Found only in the Philippines.
- In thickets at low altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Bontoc, La Union, Benguet, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Rizal and Laguna Provinces in Luzon.

Properties
Considered vulnerary.

Parts used
Leaves

Uses

Folkloric
Leaves used for wound healing.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Last Update January 2014

IMAGE SOURCE: Tylophora perrottetiana (Oxystelma bifidum, IS) US623775 / Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported / Filibot.web / / flickr

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