Family • Liliaceae - Smilax leucophylla Blume
|Smilax dulcis Desf.|
|Smilax leucophylla Blume|
|Smilax latifolia Blanco|
|Smilax retusa Blume|
|Smilax macrophylla Naves|
|Smilax vicaria Kunth|
|Smilax glycyphylla Hassk.|
Other vernacular names
|INDONESIA: Canar gede, canar minyak.|
|PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Wanabekira.|
Sarsaparillang-puti is a stout, woody vine with alternate, stiff, leathery leaves which are white beneath, somewhat rounded or straight at the base and pointed at the tip, up to 30 cm or more in length, having three prominent veins running lengthwise through the leaf. Fruits are grey berries, somewhat more than a cm in diameter, occurring in round clusters, each fruit having a long stalk springing from the common rounded center of the cluster.
In primary forests at medium altitudes in Benguet, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Rizal, Bataan, and Laguna Provinces in Luzon, and in Mindoro, Culion, Palawan and Mindanao.
– Also occurs in the Malay Peninsula, In Java, Borneo and in the Moluccas.
Considered blood purifier, antisyphylitic, antirheumatic
– Roots and rhizomes used as blood purifier.
– Used for cutaneous affections, syphilis, and rheumatism.