Family • Cycadaceae
Cycas edentata de Laub.
|Scientific names||Common names|
|Cycas edentata parviflora de Laub.||Bait (Tag.)|
|Cycas litoralis K. D. Hill||Bayit (Tag.)|
|Sea cycad (Engl.)|
|Cycas edentata de Laub. is an accepted name. KEW: Plants of the World Online|
|Other vernacular names|
|MALAY: Kwale pahang.|
|THAI: Prong thale.|
- Study has suggested antidiabetic activity.
Seeds, resin, leaves.
- Caution: Most parts of a cycad plant including raw seeds are highly poisonous to humans, dogs, cattle, and sheep. Aboriginal people developed a method of soaking or ageing the seeds which render the toxins harmless and the seeds edible. (8)
- Unfurled leaves reported to be edible.
- Seeds yield a flour after soaking in water for a few days, changing the water frequently to leach out a toxic glucoside, (1)
- A sago-type flour can be made from the trunk. (1)
- No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines..
- Plant resin and seeds are applied to sores and malignant ulcers.
- Food source: Strongly scented male cones are visited by insects that forage for pollen. It is the preferred food plant by caterpillars of butterflies. (1)
• Chemical Constituents: See constituents above. (4)
• Secondary Metabolites: See constituents above. (5)
• Antidiabetic / Leaves: Study evaluated the effects of aqueous leaf extract of C. edentata on the blood glucose levels of alloxan-induced diabetic mice. Results showed the leaf extract possess antidiabetic property at doses between 250 and 1000 mg/kbw. There was also significant lowering of cholesterol level. The extract showed no negative effects on hematologic parameters. (6)
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|IMAGE SOURCE: Photo: Cycas Edentata / click on image go to source page / non-commercial use / inaturalist|
Sources and Suggested Readings
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|List of Understudied Philippine Medicinal Plants|