Family • Commelinaceae - Floscopa scandens Lour. - CLIMBING FLOWER CUP
Alikbangon is a shared common name of: (1) Kolasi (Commelina diffusa Burm) and (2) Sabilau (Commelina axillaris Linn). It is also phonetically confused with (1) Alibangon (Commelina benghalensis) and (2) Aligbañgon (Tradescantia rufa).
|Floscopa scandens Lour.|
|Floscopa scandens var. Lour. var. vaginivillosa R. H. Miau|
|Ju hua cao (Chin.)|
|Babilau (S. L. Bis.)|
|Kumpai (P. Bis.)|
|Sambilau (S. L. Bis.)|
|Climbing flower cup (Engl.)|
|Shui cao (Chin.)|
Other vernacular names
|CHINESE: Da xiang zhu gao cao, Zhu ye cao, Shui zhu cai.|
|MALAYSIA: Hawar-hawar, Rumput tapak itek, Rumput johong beraleh.|
|THAILAND: Phak bieo, Phak plaap, Yaa plong khon.|
|VIETNAM: C[or] d[aaf]u hoa ch[uf]y, D[aaf]u r[if]u leo.|
Aligbangon is a small trailing perennial herb, velvety throughout with multicellular hairs. Stems are stout, erect and creeping below, 20 to 70 centimeters long. Leaves are lanceolate, 3 to 9 centimeters long, 1 to 2 centimeters wide, sessile or petioled. Panicles are short-stalked, pyramidal with long, erect or ascending, many-flowered branches. Flowers are small and subglobose. Sepals are villous and the petals are white, lilac or rosy. Capsules are 2 to 3 millimeters long, orbicular or ellipsoid and compressed. Seeds are glaucous.
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1) Floscopa scandens Lour / Vernacular names / GLOinMED
(2) Inherited folk pharmaceutical knowledge of tribal people in the Chittagong Hill tracts, Bangladesh / Animesh Biswax, M A Bari, Mohashweta Roy and S K Bhadra / IJTK, Vol 9(1), Jan 2010.
(3) Ethnomedicinal Plants Used by the ethnic Communities of Tinsukia District of Assam, India / Jitu Buragohain / Recent Research in Science and Technology 2011, 3(9): 31-42
– In wet places along streams at low and medium altitudes, in most or all islands and provinces.
– Also occurs in India, Indo-China, Sri Lanka, Nepal and China, through Malaya to tropical Australia.
– Plant is used for broken bones.
– In Bangladesh, leaf paste used for poisonous stings; juice squeezed on sore eyes.
– In India, leaf juice used on sore eyes.
– In China, used as febrifuge; also for abscesses, pyodermas, and nephritis.
• No studies found.