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Family Rubiacea
Tagpong-gubat
Tagpo
Psychotria luconiensis
F.-Vill .

Scientific names Common names
Coffea luconiensis Cham. & Schlecht. Altoko (Mang.) 
Grumilea luconiensis Merr. Dumamai (Gad.)
Paederia tacpo Blanco Kadpaayan (Ilk.)
Psychotria malayana F.-Vill. Kalabol (Sbl.)
  Katagpo (Pamp., Tag.)
  Katagpong-gubat (Tag.)
  Kombates (Tag.)
  Lugani (Bon.)
  Madantauan (Mbo.)
  Ñguspul (Ig.)
  Tagpo (Tag.)
  Tagpong-gubat (Tag.)
  Takpo (Tag.)
  Tatanok (Sbl.)
Tagpo is a shared common name of two species of plants: (1) Tagpong-gubat, tagpo(Psychotria luconiensis), and (2) Tagpo (Ardisia squamulosa Presl). The latter is a small tree growing to a height of about 10 meters, with fragrant white or pink flowers, and blue or purplish rounded 5-8 mm fruits.


Botany
Tagpong-gubat is a smooth, erect shrub growing to a height of 1.5 to 5 meters. The leaves are smooth, shining, oblong to oblong-elliptic, 8 to 20 centimeters long, short-petioled and pointed at both ends. Flowers are white, in crowded terminal inflorescences 2 to 3 centimeters long. Corolla is 4 to 4.5 millimeters long with a hairy throat. Fruit is somewhat fleshy, obovoid, 5 to 6 millimeters long, yellow or reddish. Seeds are plano-convex.

Distribution
- Only in the Philippines, in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes, in most or all provinces of Luzon, and in Mindoro, Masbate, Leyte, and Panay.

Parts used
Leaves and roots.

Uses
Folkloric
- Fresh leaves used topically for headaches.
- Decoction of fresh young leaves used for cleaning ulcers and as a topical for ulcerated wounds.
- Decoction of the root used for dysentery.

Studies
No studies found.


Availability
Wild-crafted. 

Last Update June 2014

Photo © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange
GRAPHIC SOURCE / Public Domain/ Psychotria luconiensis / File:Psychotria tacpo Blanco1.55-original.png / Flora de Filipinas / Franciso Manuel Blanco (OSA), 1880-1883 / Wikimedia Commons

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