Didymocarpus platypus C B Clarke

[From Latin, didymocarpus = pair of fruits and platypus = broad footed]

Synonymy: Henckelia platypus.

Common names: Julong rimba; semboyen (Malay).

Uses: In Malaysia, a decoction of roots of Didymocarpus platypus C. B. Clarke is used to treat cough. The medicinal property of Didymocarpus platypus C. B. Clarke remains unexplored. Are the antitussive property owing to glycosides?

Fig. 318. Didymocarpus platypus C. B. Clarke.

Physical description: It is an understorey herb of the rainforest of Malaysia which grows from a rosette of leaves. Leaves: simple, spiral, sessile and without stipules. The blade is thin, 22 cm x 7 cm-6 cm x 2 cm, regularly subglabrous; each hair occupies a patch of blade from a conspicuous dot, showing approximately 20 pairs of secondary nerves. The flowers are white and tubular, and attached at the apex of velvety pedicels which are 2cm-4cm long. The fruits are elongated capsules of about 7 cm long (Fig. 318).

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

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