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Family Elaeocarpaceae
Mala
Elaeocarpus grandiflorus Sm.
FAIRY PETTICOAT

Scientific names Common names
Elaeocarpus grandiflorus Sm. Mala (Tag.)
Elaeocarpus lanceolatus Blume Fairy petticoat (Engl.)
Elaeocarpus angustifolius Fringe bells (Engl.)
  Lily of the valley tree (Engl.)

 

Botany
Mala is a rather large and smooth tree growing to a height of 24 meters. Leaves are elliptic-lanceolate, 9 to 14 cm long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, pointed at both ends. Flowers are white, about 2 cm long, growing on short sprays at the top of branchlets. Sepals are lanceolate, 15 mm long, 3 to 4 mm wide. Petals are white, oblong-obovate, about 2 cm long, and deeply fringed at the tip. Fruit is green.

Distribution
In forests at low altitudes.

Properties
Bark is very bitter.

Parts used
Bark, leaves and seeds.

Uses

Folkloric
No reported folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines.
Bark used for poulticing ulcers.
Elsewhere, used for diseases of women.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Sept 2010


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