Deeringia amaranthoides Lamk Merr

[After Georg Karl Deering, an English doctor, and from Latin, amaranthoides = amaranth-like]

Uses: In Indonesia, the juice squeezed from the roots is used as an ingredient of a mixture which is sniffed to clear congested nasal cavities. The leaves are used to treat inflamed sores and chicken pox maturations. In the Philippines, a decoction of the leaves is drunk to treat dysentery. In the Solomon Islands, the sap expressed from the plant is used to counteract skin putrefaction in pigs. The therapeutic potential of this plant is still yet to be discovered. A number of oleanolic saponins were characterized from the fruits (Sati OP etal., 1990) and might be involved in the medicinal properties of this plant.

Synonymy: Achyranthes amaranthoides Lamk., Deeringia baccata Moq., Digera arvensis Forssk.

Common names: Deeringia.

Common names: Deeringia.

Chickenpox Antiviral Philippines
Fig. 71. Deeringia amaranthoides (Lamk.) Merr.

Physical description: It is a sprawling shrub which grows in the geographical zone spanning India to the Pacific Islands. The stems are terete and smooth. Leaves: simple, spiral, 3.5 cm x 2 cm-16 cm x 7 cm and without stipules. The petiole is 1.7 cm-

4cm long and thin. The blade is papery, asymmetric and 3.8cm-2.2cm x 6 cm x 12.5 cm. The apex is somewhat acuminate, the base is acute and asymmetrical and the margin is entire or serrulate. The midrib is sunken above and raised below, and the blade shows 4-8 pairs of secondary nerves. The inflorescences are terminal spikes. The flowers are very small and comprise of 5 bracts, 5 stamens and a pyriform gynecium. The fruits are juicy, red and glossy (Fig. 71).


Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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