Ancistrocladus tectorius Lour Merr

[From Greek, ancistr = fish hook, klados forming a covering]

Physical description: It is a climber found on the seashores of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. The stems develop from the axil of hooks. Leaves: simple,

= branch; and from Latin, tectorius =

Synonymy: Ancistrocladus pinangianus.

Common names: Akarjulong hitam; lindah sapi (Malay).

hard, lanceolate and 5cm-10cm x 15cm-30cm. The blade shows 7-10 pairs of secondary nerves. The inflorescences are axillary, long and thin panicles of small dark red flowers. The flowers consist of 5 sepals, 5 petals, 10 stamens, and a half inferior ovary. The fruits are nuts with persistent, asymmetrical, oblong, 5 cm x 1.5 cm, sub-spathulate, obtuse, and brown sepals (Fig. 108).

Uses: In Malaysia, a decoction of the roots of Ancistrocladus tectorius (Lour.) Merr. is drunk to stop dysentery and to treat malaria.

Fig. 108. Ancistrocladus tectorius (Lour.) Merr.
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