Family • Connaraceae - Rourea volubilis (Blanco) Merr.
|Rourea volubilis (Blanco) Merr.|
|Rourea heterophylla Planch.|
|Rourea microcarpa Elm.|
|Rourea subvolubilis Elm.|
|Cnestis volubilis Blanco|
|Cnestis trifolia Blanco|
|Santaloides volubile Schellenb.|
|Palo santo (Span.)|
Gikos-gikos is a large, woody vine reaching several meters in length, with stems 7 to 10 centimeters in diameter. Leaves are similar to kamagsa in appearance, but larger and fewer, usually with three leaflets, the terminal one being the largest. Flowers are small, white, and fragrant, and occur in large numbers on compound inflorescences. Fruit is about 7 millimeters long, 5 millimeters thick, and constricted at the apex.
In thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines.
Fruit is used for poisoning dogs.
Roots have the same use as those of kamagsa.
Rope: Used for tying fish traps.