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Understudied Plants

List of understudied plants

This list was created in response to many inquiries from young researchers asking for a listing of understudied Philippine medicinal plants. Many are indigenous plants, some are plants in limited distribution in Southeast Asian countries—little studied, their folkloric medicinal uses slowly disappearing with the dying culture of albularyos and the sway of prescription phamaceuticals.


Alibungog / Ehretia philippinensis
Alimomog / Ehretia naves
Ambal / Pycnarrhena malinensis
American Maidenhair fern
Atibulnak / Rubus pectinellus
Apurau / Bulrush
Baging-galapok /
Bangisi /Aristolochia sericea
Biniuang / Clerodendrum bethuneanum
Botgo / White fig
Brunfelsia / Lady of the night
Chang-bato / Kilwar
Climbing bird’s nest fern / Microsorum punctatum
Cosmos / Cosmos sulphurous
Drooping knotweed / Polygonum pubescens
Dungon-late / Looking glass tree
Estrella / Isotoma longiflora
Galamai-amo / Schefflera insularum
Galo / Anacolosa frutescens
Gubas / Sesendok / Endospermum peltatum
Ipil / ironwood
Kaliñgag / Kalingag tree
Lingaro / Elaeagnus trifler
Malabatino
Malabato / False buckwheat
Mali-mali / Leea aculeata
Mani-manian / Golden glory
Melon-daga / Mouse cucumber
Payapa / Hairy fig
Posuka / OaTylophora brevipes
Pakpak-lauin na babae / Large-leaved spleenwort
Payau / Homalomena philippinensis
Payung-payungan / Tacca palmata
Sabi / indian cress
Salasik-lupa / False buttonweed / Hedyotis verticillata
Salong / Manila copal
Sapnit / Caesalpinia latisiliqua
Sapote / Ebony persimmon
Sidit / Helmet flower
Stephania / Stephania merrillii
Suso-susoyan / rattle box / Crotalaria quinquefolia
Tairas / Sweet spurge
Talig-harap / Mussaenda anisophylla
Tambal / Cardwell lily
Tanghas / Myristica simiarum
Tawa-tawa / Grammatophyllum scriptum / Bell orchid)
Tarambulo / Solanum ferox / Hairy-fruited eggplant
Usiu / Zigzag bamboo / Dinochloa scandens
Yellow ginger / Wild ginger / Hedychium flavescens

Updated November 3, 2018
New plant names needed
The compilation now numbers about 1,100 medicinal plants. I believe there are hundreds more that can be added to the collection. The last 100 plants came with great difficulty, many by happenstance, some by suggestion of site visitors. The basic information needed is the local plant name, any known folkloric medicinal use, with a scientific name (preferably) or a photo. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
© Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D. / StuartXchange

October 2018


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