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Family Liliaceae
Sarsaparillang-puti
Smilax leucophylla Blume

Scientific names Common names
Smilax dulcis Desf. Banag (Tagb.)
Smilax leucophylla Blume Banal (Ig.)
Smilax latifolia Blanco Kaguno (Neg..)
Smilax retusa Blume Kamot-kabag (Tag.)
Smilax macrophylla Naves Sarsaparillang-puti (Tag.)
Smilax vicaria Kunth Sipit-ulang (Tag.)
Smilax glycyphylla Hassk.  

Other vernacular names
INDONESIA: Canar gede, canar minyak.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Wanabekira.

Botany
Sarsaparillang-puti is a stout, woody vine with alternate, stiff, leathery leaves which are white beneath, somewhat rounded or straight at the base and pointed at the tip, up to 30 cm or more in length, having three prominent veins running lengthwise through the leaf. Fruits are grey berries, somewhat more than a cm in diameter, occurring in round clusters, each fruit having a long stalk springing from the common rounded center of the cluster.

Distribution
In primary forests at medium altitudes in Benguet, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Rizal, Bataan, and Laguna Provinces in Luzon, and in Mindoro, Culion, Palawan and Mindanao.
- Also occurs in the Malay Peninsula, In Java, Borneo and in the Moluccas.

Properties
Considered blood purifier, antisyphylitic, antirheumatic

Parts used
Roots, rhizomes.

Uses

Folkloric
- Roots and rhizomes used as blood purifier.
- Used for cutaneous affections, syphilis, and rheumatism.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Last Update April 2013

IMAGE SOURCE: Public Domain / File:Smilax (PSF).png / Pearson Scott Foresman / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Smilax leucophylla Blume / The Plant List


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