Family • Elaeagnaceae - Elaeagnus philippensis Perr.
|Elaeagnus philippensis Perr.|
|Elaeagnus angustifolia Blanco|
|Elaeagnus cumingii Schlecht.|
|Elaeagnus alingaro Schlecht.|
|Elaeagnus latifolia Miq.|
|Malaimus (P. Bis.)|
Lingaro is a straggling or climbing shrub with long branches which are covered with minute, brown scales. Leaves are entire, subelliptic to ovately oblong, 4 to 9 centimeters long, 2 to 4 centimeters wide, pointed at both ends or blunt at the base, shining and dark green above, and coppery or sometimes grayish-white beneath. Flowers are yellow, occurring singly in the axils of the leaves. Fruit is oval, about 1.5 to 3 centimeters long, pale red or pinkish, sweet and juicy when ripe.
– In thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,500 meters throughout the Philippines.
– Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental or for its edible fruit.
Flowers are astringent and cardiac.
Edibility / Culinary
– Fruit can be eaten raw. Also, makes a fine jam, jelly, and preserve.
– Ripe fruit given to children suffering with amoebic dysentery.
– Flowers are astringent and cardiac.
• No studies reported.