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Family Icacinaceae
Gonocaryum calleryanum (Baill.) Becc.
Tai wan qionq lan

Scientific names Common names
Gonocaryum calleryanum (Baill.) Becc. Ampalang (Klg.)
Gonocaryum diospyrosifolium Hayata Angkak (Bik.)
Gonocaryum tarlacense Vidal Basabasa (Ibn.)
Phlebocalymna calleryanum Baillon Busigan (Ibn.)
  Gohan (Klg.)
  Karasoko (Ibn.)
  Lunas (Bik.)
  Malagohan (Klg.)
  Malapinggan (Tag.)
  Malasamat (Tag.)
  Malasitum (Pamp.)
  Malatapai (Bik.)
  Maragauak (Ibn.)
  Naragaued (Ibn.)
  Rogroso (Ilk.)
  Taiñgang-babui (Tag.)
  Uratan (Ilk.)
  Yaya (Neg.)
  Tai wan qionq lan (Chin.)
Lunas is a local common name shared by (1) Lunasia amara, and (2) Gonocaryum calleryanum, taingang-babui.

Taiñgang-babui is a small, erect tree with long, slender branches. Leaves are few, alternate, leathery, smooth, shining, paler beneath, broadly ovate or subelliptic, 18 centimeters long or less, about 9 centimeters wide, rounded at both ends or broadly obtuse at the base. Inflorescence is axillary, cymosely short-branched, scarcely longer than the petioles. Flowers are pale white, with small calyx and columnar, and are borne on inflorescences at the axil of the leaves. Fruit is nutlike, smooth, purplish-black, ellipsoid, 3 to 4 centimeters long, with a black fibrous husk surrounding a fairly hard, white kernel.

- Common in primary forests at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 750 meters, in the Batan Islands and all the provinces in Luzon.
- Also reported in Taiwan, Borneo, Indonesia, Celebes and Moluccas..

- Study of leaves, branch, stem and root bark yielded a new secoiridoid glycoside, gonocaryoside E.


Plant used as a cure for stomach troubles.
- Lumber: Wood used for indoor construction.

Secoiridoid Glycosides:
Study of leaves, branch, stem and root bark of Gonocaryum calleryanum isolated a new secoiridoid glycoside, gonocaryoside E, together with 14 known compounds. (1)
Secoiridoid and Flavonoid Glycosides: Study of leaves of Gonocaryum calleryanum yielded four new secoiridoid glycosides and a new flavonoid glycoside, apigenin 7-O-β-apiofuranosyl (1 → 6)-β-d-glucopyranoside, along with six known flavonoids and flavonoid glycosides, apigenin, apigenin-5,7-dimethyl ether, apigenin trimethyl ether, apigenin 7-O-glucoside, apigenin 7-O-neohesperidoside, and vitexin. (4)


Last Uodate September 2013

IMAGE SOURCE: Gonocaryum calleryanum IMGP2640.JPG / Non-Commercial use / Plant Climb Com

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
A secoiridoid and other constituents of Gonocaryum calleryanum / Yu Y C, Yann L L, Fui W L et al / Phytochemistry, March 1988
Gonocaryum calleryanum (Baillon) Beccari, Malesia / Flora of China

Gonocaryum calleryanum (Baill.) Becc. (accepted name) / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Secoiridoid and flavonoid glycosides from Gonocaryum calleryanum / Tetsuo Kaneko, Mayumi Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Ohtani, Aiko Ito, Ryoji Kasai, Kazuo Yamasaki, William G. Padorina / Phytochemistry 01/1995 / DOI:10.1016/0031-9422(94)00884-V

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