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Family Lamiaceae
Tubang-dalag
Callicarpa erioclona Schauer

Scientific names Common names
Callicarpa erioclona Schauer Kagong (Bag.)
  Palis (Tag.)
  Salingarau (Neg.)
  Tambalabasi (Tag.)
  Tigau (Tag.)
  Tubang-dalag (Tag.)
Palis, in Dr. E. Quisumbing's compilation, is a local name shared by (1) Callicarpa cana Linn. (2) Callicarpa formosana Rolfe (3) Callicarpa erioclona (4) Abutilon indicum, malbas, palis (Bis).
Tubang-dala is a local name shared by (1) Tigau, Callicarpa cana (2) Callicarpa erioclona (3) Callicarpa formosana

Botany
Tubang-dalag is a lax shrub growing to 2 meters in height. Branches are relatively few and slender, and the twigs densely covered with dirty-brown, shaggy hairs. Leaves are oblong-ovate or oblong-elliptic, 13 to 24 centimeters in length, and 5 to 10 centimeters in width; the margin entire toward the pointed base and toothed towards the pointed apex. Cymes upon the peduncles are as long as the petioles, like them rather small and hairy. Flowers are minute, pale- or whitish-blue, borne on axillary cymes, and 2 to 5 centimeters long. Fruit is a berry, small, spherical, 3 to 4 millimeters in diameter, subtended by a saucer-shaped calyx, and growing in tight clusters.

Distribution
- Common in primary and secondary forests at low altitudes in Luzon, Mindoro, Leyte, Negros, and Mindanao.
- Also occurs in Borneo, Celebes, New Guinea, New Britain, and New Ireland.

Uses

Edibility
Berries are edible; but not commercially sold.
Folkloric
Used as cure for itches.
Leaves mixed with coconut oil, applied to wounds.
Others
- Fish Poison: Leaves are used as fish-poison.

Availability
Wild-crafted.

Last Update April 2012

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1)
LAMIACEAE Callicarpa / Plants For Use


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