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Family Leguminosae / Fabaceae
Sapnit
Caesalpinia latisiliqua (Cav.) Hattink

Scientific names Common names
Bauhinia latisiliqua Cav. Arayat (Ilk.)
Caesalpinia latisiliqua (Cav.) Hattink Dauag (Tag.)
Caesalpinia torquata Blanco Dauer (Ilk.)
Mezoneuron balansae Gagnep. Kabit-kabag (Tag.)
Mezoneuron cabadbarense Elmer Kamit-kabag (Tag.)
Mezoneuron glabrum "sensu Fern.-Vill., non Desf." Kamot-pusa (Tag., Pamp.)
Mezoneuron keo Gagnep Sabit (Ig.)
Mezoneuron latisiliquum (Cav.) Merr. Sagnit (Tag.)
Mezoneuron oxyphyllum Gagnep Sampinit (Tag., Mbo.)
Mezoneuron platycarpum Merr. Sapinit (P. Bis.)
Mezoneuron rubrum Merr. Sapnit (Tag., Pamp.)
Mezoneurum balansae Gagnep. [Spelling variant] Siit (Bis.)
Mezoneurum latisiliquum (Cav.) Merr. [Spelling variant] Sokit (Yak.)
Mezoneurum oxyphyllum Gagnep. [Spelling variant] Tugabang (Bis.)
Mezoneurum procumbens Blanco Ugabang (Bis.)
Caesalpinia latisiliqua (Cav.) Hattink is an accepted name The Plant List

Botany
Sapnit is a tall tree climber. Leaves are evenly bipinnate, about 30 centimeters long (more or less), and smooth, the rachis provided with a pair of recurved hooks from the base of the secondary rachises. Leaflets are elliptically oblong, 1.8 to 4 centimeters long and 1 to 1.5 centimeters wide, with truncate or retuse tip. Inflorescence is terminal, smooth, and 50 to 60 centimeters long. Calyx is glaucous, green, very broad, and obscurely lobed. Petals are greenish, and exceeding the calyx in length. Pods are 10 to 18 centimeters long and 3 to 4.5 centimeters wide, obtuse at both ends, winged along the dorsal edge, and compressed, and contain several red seeds.

Distribution
- In thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines.
- Also reported in Timor.


Parts used
Leaves.

Uses

Edibility
In the Philippines, young shoots eaten as salad.
Folkloric
Decoction of leaves given to relieve asthma.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.


Last Update August 2016


IMAGE SOURCE: Caesalpinia latisiliqua (Mezoneurum rubrum, IT) US2725 / United States National Museum / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike / flickr /
Caesalpinia latisiliqua (Cav.) Hattink is an accepted name
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Caesalpinia latisiliqua / Synonyms / The Plant List
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