Cnestis palala Lour Merr

[From Greek, knestis = with irritant hairs]

Synonymy: Thysanuspalala Lour., Cnestis ramiflora Griffith.

Common name: Shi mao guo

(Chinese).

Uses: In Malaysia, a decoction of the roots of Cnestis palala (Lour.) Merr. is drunk to treat malaria, assuage stomachache, normalize urination, aid recovery from childbirth and to resolve sprains.

Physical description: It is a woody streamside climber found in the rainforests of Hainan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. The wood is reddish and the bark is brown and fissured longitudinally. Leaves: 30cm-50cm long, spiral, without stipules, crowded at the apex of the stem, consisting of up to 14 pairs of folioles. The rachis is vel-

Fig. 142. Cnestis palala (Lour.) Merr. From: KLU Herbarium 32429. Field collector: WJJO de Wilde and Wilde- Duyfjes. 5 Aug 1979. Geographical localization: Sikundur Forest Reserve, c. 75 Km. West Northwest of Medan, c. 3° 55' North-98° 05' East; 50m-100m altitude, Besitang road, Km. 14 to Aceh border in recently logged forest. Botanical identification: M Goh WK, 27 July 1998.

Fig. 142. Cnestis palala (Lour.) Merr. From: KLU Herbarium 32429. Field collector: WJJO de Wilde and Wilde- Duyfjes. 5 Aug 1979. Geographical localization: Sikundur Forest Reserve, c. 75 Km. West Northwest of Medan, c. 3° 55' North-98° 05' East; 50m-100m altitude, Besitang road, Km. 14 to Aceh border in recently logged forest. Botanical identification: M Goh WK, 27 July 1998.

vety. The folioles are velvety beneath, oblong, 2.2 cm x 3.8 cm and sessile. The base of the folioles is obscurely cordate, the apex rounded, and the midrib is sunken above and raised beneath. The blade shows up to 10 pairs of secondary nerves. The inflorescences are velvety and emerge all along the stem below the leafy crown. The sepals are red and velvety, and the petals are white, short and notched. The andrecium comprises of 10 stamens which are whitish. The gynecium consists of 5 free carpels (Fig. 142).

Pharmaceutical interest: Extracts of Cnestis ferruginea display anticonvulsant and antifungal properties experimentally (Declume C et a/., 1984; Le Grand A eta/., 1988).

L - Methionine sulphoximine

L - Methionine sulphoximine

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