Tanghas is a small tree. Leaves are alternate, leathery, sulphur yellow on the lower surface when dry, smooth, oblong or ovately so, about 15 centimeters and 5 to 7 centimeters wide, with pointed tip, and rather obtuse base, upon 2-centimeter long petioles. Inflorescences are lateral or axillary, up to 3 centimeters long. Flowers are hairy, ovately elongated, borne upon 3-millimeter long pedicels, and clustered toward the distal ends. Fruit is subglobose, about 3 centimeters long, smooth when old, with a very blunt, apical point, usually creased longitudinally, with a relatively thin exocarp, which is yellow when mature. Seeds are subglobose.
- Endemic species.
- In forests at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Bataan, Laguna, Quezon and Camarines Provinces in Luzon; and in Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao.
Constituents and properties
Seeds yield an oil considered by Filipinos to be medicinal.
- Seed oil applied to itches and similar skin diseases.
- Pulp of bark also used for the same purpose.
• No studies found.