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Family Rubiaceae
Malabayabas
Gardenia pseudopsidium (Blanco) F.-Vill.)

Scientific names Common names
Gardenia pseudopsidium (Blanco) F.-Vill. Barambang (Pamp.)
Gardenia barnesii Merr. Bayag-usa (Tag.)
Sulipa pseudopsidium Blanco Bukok (S. L. Bis.)
  Bunutan (Neg.)
  Butunalaga (Neg.)
  Gililak (Tag.)
  Kalanigai (P. Bis.)
  Kalanigi (P. Bis.)
  Kalapi (Tag.)
  Kasablan (Mag.)
  Kasikas (Ig.)
  Lamog (Mag.)
  Lomo-lomo (Bag.)
  Malabayabas (Tag.)
  Malatambis (Chab.)
  Sulipa (Tag.)
Gardenia pseudopsidium Blanco is an accepted name The Plant List
Gardenia pseudopsidium (Blanco) Fern.-Vill. is a synonym of Sulipa pseudopsidium Blanco The Plant List

Parts used
Gardenia pseudopsidium (Blanco) Fern.-Vill. is considered a doubtful name, to which some authors have referred the endemic G. barnesii Merr.

Botany
Malabayabas is a small tree. Leaves are crowded at the ends of branchlets, obovate-oblong, 11 to 22 centimeters long, 4 to 10 centimeters wide, and pointed at both ends. Flowers are fragrant, white, but turning yellow, 7 to 10 centimeters long, and 5 to 8 centimeters wide. Calyx-tube is obscurely ridged, and the upper half linearly segmented, green and smooth. Corolla-tube is 5 to 6 centimeters long. Fruit is green, hard, ovoid or somewhat rounded, 5 to 7 centimeters long, obscurely ridged longitudinally, and terminated by the calyx crown. Seeds are many and embedded in pulp.

Distribution
- Common in the primary forests at low altitudes in Cagayan, Benguet, Nueva Viscaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Rizal, Bataan, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, and the Camarines Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro, Busuanga, Masbate, Negros, Samar, and Mindanao.

Parts used
Fruit.

Uses

Folkloric
Fruit used for smallpox.

Studies
No studies found.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Last Update May 2015

IMAGE SOURCE: / Rubiaceae: Gardenia pseudopsidium / Fruit / PHILIPPINES: Panay:: Antique prov. San Remegio Municipality, Brgy Aningalan; coordinates of general area 10 48 56.00 N, 122 10 53.70 E GOOmap VEmap , 16-Apr-11./ Click on Image for source image / Copyright © 2011 by P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona / Phytoimages
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
A REVISION OF PHILIPPINE GARDENIA (RUBIACEAE) / K. M. Wong / Yee Wen Low / Edinburgh Journal of Botany 03/2011; 68(01):11 - 32. DOI: 10.1017/S0960428610000272

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