Aralidium pinnatifidum

[From Latin, aralidium = aralia-like and pinnatus = feathered]

Common names: Balai, sebalai or selubat (Malay).

Uses: In Malaysia, a paste made from the leaves of Aralidium pinnatifidum Miq. is used to produce skin irritation, treat rheumatism and fever, and heal boils. The therapeutic potential of this plant is still waiting to be discovered. By looking at the general medicinal pattern of the plant one might set the hypothesis that the plant is counter-irritant.

Common names: Balai, sebalai or selubat (Malay).

Fig. 177. Aralidium pinnatifidum Miq.

Physical description: It is a treelet found in the lowland rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Leaves: simple and deeply pinnately lobed. The petiole is 15 cm long and lenticelled, and the mature blade is 30 cm x 13cm-80cm x 26 cm. The inflorescences are 15 cm long panicles of several 2.5 mm long flowers. The fruits are dirty white berries which are 3.5 cm x 2.5cm-1.5cm x 2 cm, slightly asymmetric, ovoid. The seeds are broad, elliptic, 5-grooved and deeply ruminate (Fig. 177).

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