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Family Aristolochiaceae
Aristolochia sericea Blanco

Scientific names Common names
Aristolochia imbricata Mast. Bañgisi (Ilk.)
Aristolochia sericea Blanco Pañgisi (Ilk.)
Aristolochia sericea Blanco is an accepted name The Plant List

Bañgisi is a shrubby plant with small flowers and capsules, and covered with hairs. Leaves are narrowly lanceolate, 10 to 16 centimeters long, 2 to 4 centimeters wide, widest near the rounded or rather heart-shaped base, and tapering to a pointed tip. Fruit is oblong or oblong-obovoid and less than 1 centimeter in length.

- Endemic species found in dry thickets at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Batangas Provinces in Luzon.

- Considered carminative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, abortifacient.
- Reported as violent abortifacient.

Parts used
Roots, entire plant.


- Plant used to relieve flatulence, induce menstruation.
- Used for fevers.
- For painful gastralgia, root is chewed and the saliva swallowed.
- As a uterine tonic, root is macerated in native liquors, and administered as a postpartum uterine tonic.
- Also considered as a violent abortive.

No studies found.


Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update April 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / Photo / Aristolochiaceae : Aristolochia sericea / Habit of flowering plant / Copyright © 2011 by Leonardo L. Co (contact: benctan@berkeley.edu) [ref. DOL27793] / Non-Commercial Use / Phytoimages.siu.edu
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