Family • Araceae - Homalomena philippinensis Engl.
|Homalomena philippinensis Engl.|
|Homalomena rubescens Kunth var. latifolia|
|Alipaiu (Tag.)||Payau (Tag.)|
|Alupayi (Tag.)||Salet-ñga-nalabaga (Tag.)|
|Hayau (Sub.)||Tahig (Bik.)|
Payau is an herbaceous plant up to 1 meter high. Leaves are heart-shaped, with pointed tip, 25 to 30 centimeters long, and on long petioles. Spathe is greenish, flushed with purple, oblong, 4 to 5 centimeters long. Spadix is about 3.5 centimeters long. Seeds are ovoid, and about 5 millimeters long.
Along small streams in primary forests at low altitudes, often common but endemic in Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Rizal, Bataan, Laguna, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; Mindoro; Palawan; Panay; Leyte; Biliran; Negros; and Mindanao.
Large leaves are extensively used in the Camarines area for wrapping articles of food.
– Rhizomes considered antirheumatic is used in the form of embrocation.
– Leaves used as vulnerary.