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Family Elaeagnaceae
Elaeagnus triflora Roxb.

Scientific names Common names
Elaeagnus alingaro Schltdl. Alingaro (Tag.)
Elaeagnus angustifolia Blanco    [Illegitimate] Alunut (Iv.)
Elaeagnus cumingii Schltdl. Bantap (Sul.)
Elaeagnus ferruginea Rich. Banaken (Bon.)
Elaeagnus philippensis Perr. Bennaken (Bon.)
Elaeagnus rigida Blume Kopapei (Ig.)
Elaeagnus rostrata Servett. Lagot (Buk.)
Elaeagnus triflora Roxb. Lingaro (Tag.)
  Malaimus (P. Bis.)
  Padias (Ig.)
  Milaa milaa vine (Engl.)
Note: Quisubing lists Elaeagnus philippensis Perr (E. angustifolia Blanco) as an endeic species. Other compilations list Elaeagnus angustifolia Linn (E. orientalis Linn., olivo de Bohemia, Russian olive).
Elaeagnus philippinensis Perr. is a synonym of Elaeagnus triflora Roxb. The Plant List
Elaeagnus triflora Roxb. is an accepted name The Plant List

Lingaro is a straggling or climbing shrub with long branches which are covered with minute, brown scales. Leaves are entire, subelliptic to ovately oblong, 4 to 9 centimeters long, 2 to 4 centimeters wide, pointed at both ends or blunt at the base, shining and dark green above, and coppery or sometimes grayish-white beneath. Flowers are yellow and fragrant, occurring singly in the axils of the leaves. Fruit is oval, about 1.5 to 3 centimeters long, pale red or pinkish, sweet and juicy when ripe.

- In thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,500 meters throughout the Philippines.
- Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental or hedge plant, or for its edible fruit.

- Also found in Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, and Australia.

- Flowers are astringent and cardiac.

Parts used
Flowers, fruit.


Edibility / Culinary
- Fruit can be eaten raw. Also, makes a fine jam, jelly, and preserve.
- Ripe fruit given to children suffering with amoebic dysentery.
- Flowers are astringent and cardiac.

No studies reported.


Last Update August 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: Photographs / File:Elaeagnus triflora / © Photographs and text: Stephanie Haslam / Non-commercial use / click on image to go to source page / NOOSA'S NATIVE PLANTSNON

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Elaeagnus triflora / Synonyms / The Plant List

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