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Family Apocynaceae
Strophanthus cumingii A. DC.

Scientific names Common names
Strophanthus cumingii A. DC. Abuhab-baging (Tag.)
Strophanthus dichotomous DC. var. luzoniensis Vidal Lanot (Ilk.)
Strophanthus erectus Merr. Lasiu (Ibn.)
  Sara-sara (Ilk.)

Abuhab-baging is a stout, smooth, woody vine which , when young, may be erect and shrub-like. Leaves are elliptic-ovate, 8 to 15 centimeters long, and slightly pointed at the base, with a short point at the tip. Inflorescences are terminal, smooth, and few-flowered. Calyx lobes are slender and 7 to 9 millimeters long. Corolla is very characteristic; the tube is white, about 2 centimeters long with lobes which are about 8 millimeters wide at the base and continuing into long, slender and drooping tips. Lobes are about 1 centimeters long. Fruit is a double follicle. Follicle is woody, oblong-ovoid, about 16 centimeters long and 7 centimeters in diameter, containing numerous, elongated seeds, each of which terminates in very long projections with numerous long hairs.

- Endemic.
- Found in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Abra, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Bataan, Laguna, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; and in Palawan, Leyte, Negros and Mindanao.

- Seeds, like that of other species of the genus Strophanthus, yield the glucoside, strophanthin.
- Strophanthin is a digitalis glucoside used as a heart stimulant.
- Bark, as with other Strophanthus species, probably yields strophanthin

Parts used


- In the Philippines, bark is employed as an effective arrow-poison.

No studies found.


Last Update December 2013

IMAGE SOURCE: / illustration / Archivo:COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Het blad en de bloemen van de Strophantus Dichotomus TMnr 3401-1687.jpg / Tropenmuseum / Tropenmuseum / Wikipedia

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