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Family Asclepiadaceae
Dapo-sa-boho
Dischidia vidalii Becc.
ANT PLANT

Scientific names Common names
Dischidia pectenoides H.Pearsen Dapo-sa-boho (Tag.)
Dischidia vidalii Becc. Lobo-lobo (Tag.)
  Ant plant (Engl.)
  Kangaroo pocket (Engl.)
Dischidia vidalii Becc. is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
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Gen info
Dischidia is a plant genus in the Milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae, comprising about 80 known species which all grow as epiphytes, native to tropical areas of China, India, and most areas of Indo-China. (1)

Botany
Dapo-sa-boho is an herbaceous, epiphytic, often-twining, smooth vine usually growing on dead bamboos, with slender, pendulous branches. Leaves are opposite, and of two kinds: the normal - elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, thick and fleshy, 1.5 to 2.5 centimeters long; and the inflated - 4 to 6 centimeters long, 4 to 5 centimeters wide, and usually about 2 centimeters thick, the interior being more or less filled with rootlets from the leaf-axil and with a much smaller, interior ascidium which is usually the domicil of a colony of small black ants. Inflorescence is axillary, solitary, and umbellate, with a peduncle 1 to 2 centimeters long. Flowers number 3 to 8 in each umbel. Calyx is small and green. Corolla is cylindric, red, and about 8 millimeters long. Follicles are slender, and 5 to 7 centimeters long.

Distribution
- Found on dead or drying climbing bamboo (Schizostachyum) at low altitudes in Bataan, Rizal, and Laguna Provinces in Luzon.

Parts used
Leaves

Uses

Folkloric
- Leaves are crushed, salted, and applied externally on a piece of cloth to goiter.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update April 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / Illustration / Dischidia vidalii Becc. [as Dischidia pectenoides H.Pearsen] [1292-351575-80521] / The journal of the Linnean society, Botany, vol. 35: t. 9 (1904) [M. Smith] / PlantIllustrations.org
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: / DISCHIDIA VIDALII, with bullate laves and seed pods, from the Philippines / click on photo to go to source image and page / rare-hoyas.com
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
Dischidia / Wikipedia
(2)
Dischidia vidalii / Synonyms / The Plant List
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