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Umbrella plant

Benefits of Umbrella plant Image by Ksarasola / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name cyperus alternifolius, this plant is also called the “Umbrella palm” or the “Umbrella papyrus” in English. This species usually grows in canals, ponds, or riversides all over the Philippines. It is rarely planted for ornamental purposes. Studies conducted about Umbrella plant have revealed that it has antifungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Read More

Unti-untihan

Benefits of Unti-untihan Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name physalis minima, this plant is also called “Pygmy groundcherry”, “Sunberry”, or the “Tinkling bell grass” in English. This species usually grows in open waste places with low altitudes ranging up to 1,600 meters. Unti-untihan contains alterative, diuretic, aperient, appetizing, antipyretic, antitussive, laxative, expectorant, purgative, and tonic properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as fever, diabetes, ulcers, gonorrhea, bronchitis, sore throat, flaccid breasts, eczema, earaches, spleen disorders, and more. Unti-untihan fruits are also used to treat gout and infuse vigor. Read More Benefits of A las doce Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves on drinks are also good to treat coughs. In particular places such as Africa and India, a las doce is used to treat blood and throat disorders, bilious conditions, fever, and puerperium. While in African folk medicine, it is used to treat anemia and [...]

U’pang

Family • Fabaceae / Leguminosae - Parkia speciosa Hassk. - STINK BEAN - Chou dou Scientific names Parkia speciosa Hassk. Parkia brunonis R. Grah. ex Wall. Parkia harbesonii Elmer Parkia macrocarpa Miq. Parkia roxburghii G. Don (Mansf). Parkia speciosa hort. ex Hassk. Inga pyriforis Jungh. Common names U'pang (Tag.) Bitter bean (Engl.) Nitta bean (Engl.) Petai bean (Engl.) Stink bean (Engl.) Twisted cluster bean (Engl.) Other vernacular names CHINESE: Chou dou. DUTCH: Stinkboon. INDIA: Yongchak. INDONESIA: Petai papan, Pete, Sindutan, Kundai, Patak. JAPANESE: Nejire fusa mame no ki. MALAYSIA: Nyiring, Patag, Patai, Petah, Petai. THAILAND: Nitta, Sator, Sator dan, Saor kow, To dan, To khao. Botany Upang is an evergreen growing 15 to 40 meters high. Branchlets are pubescent. Leaves are alternate, bipinnate on stalks 2 to 6 centimeter long. Pinnae are 10 to 19 pairs, 5 - 9 centimeters long each with 31-38 pairs of opposite, linear pinnules, 5 - 9 millimeters long and about 2 millimeters wide. Flowers are numerous, small, creamy white to brownish yellow, in densely crowded pear-shaped, pendulous inflorescence heads. Flowers yield a nectar, with a strong and sickly smell. The apical flowers develop fruits. Pods are large, 35-55 centimeters long and 3-5 centimeters wide. Distribution - Commonly found in the Philippines. - Indigenous to Southeast Asia. - Also found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Additional Sources and Suggested Readings (1) Parkia speciosa-Botany and Common names / Dr. T. K. Lim / Edible Medicinal And Non-Medicinal Plants, 2012, pp 798-803. (2) Parkia speciosa Hassk.: A Potential Phytomedicine / Yusof Kamisah, Faizah Othman, Hj Mohd [...]

Upo

Benefits of Upo Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name lagenaria siceraria, this plant is also known as the “Bottle gourd”, “Calabash gourd”, “Common gourd”, “White-flowered gourd” or the “White pumpkin” in English. This species is pantropic in distribution and has been naturalized in some parts in Mindanao archipelago. Upo is also cultivated all over the Philippines. Upo contains antibiotic, antidotal, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, cardioprotective, diuretic, febrifuge, lithotriptic, poultice, purgative, vermifuge, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as enema, coughs, asthma, poison, jaundice, baldness, headaches, ulcers, boils, and more. Read More

Uray

Benefits of Uray Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name amaranthus spinosus, this plant is also known as the Calaloo, Needle burr, Pigweed, Prickly amaranth, Prickly calalu, Spiny amaranth, Thorny amaranth, or the Thorny pigweed, in English. This species usually grows in open waste places with low altitudes all over the Philippines. It can be found growing abundantly along sand bars and margins of streams. Uray contains antidotal, diaphoretic, febrifugal, astringent, emmenagogue, lactagogue, sudorific, diuretic, and emollient properties. In the country, Uray roots made into a decoction is used as a treatment for gonorrhea. In other places, it is also believed to help cure conditions such as fever, bronchitis, snake bites, dysentery, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, inflamed urinary tract, eczema, diabetes, piles, and more. Read More

Usiu

Benefits of Usiu Image by Hans / CC0 1.0 With its scientific name dinochloa scandens, this plant is also called “Scrambling bamboo”, “West Java climbing bamboo” or the “Zigzag bamboo” in English. This species usually grows in primary forests with low to medium altitudes. Usiu can be spotted growing in the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Camarines, Sorsogon, Polillo, Mindoro, Palawan, Balabac, Samar, Panay, Sibuyan, Biliran, Leyte, and Basilan. It can also be found growing in the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago. It is believed that Usiu stem which contains water is used as an eye medicine, and as a treatment for scurfiness. Usiu young shoots is also consumed for its vermifuge effect. Read More

Utong

Benefits of Utong Image by RaffiKojian / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name solanum mammosum, this plant is also known as the “Apple of Sodom”, “Cow’s udder”, “Love apple”, “Mickey mouse plant”, “Nipple fruit”, or the “Titty fruit” in English. This species usually grows in thickets and waste places along the roads with low altitudes. Utong can be spotted growing in Leyte, Zamboanga, and Jolo. It also cultivated in some gardens in the towns of Manila. Utong contains purgative, phlegmatic, generative, anodyne, and narcotic properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as asthma, hemorrhoids, kidney and bladder ailments, colds, wounds, syphilis, skin diseases, sores, stomach problems, cough, loss of appetite, and more. Read More

Ualis-haba

Benefits of Ualis-haba Image by Adityamadhav83 / CC BY-SA 3.0 It is commonly known as “Yellow barleria” or “Teaweed” in English. This plant comes with a scientific name Sida rhombifolia. This plant is very common weed in the Philippines. In some places, the leaves of this plant are reportedly used as substitute for tea. It also used for medicine. In fact, it is used as a gargle for toothaches, fever, stomach aches and headaches. Read More

Ualis

Benefits of Ualis Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 This shrub is commonly known as “Jelly leaf” in English. Ualis comes with a scientific name Sida retusa or Sida truncatula. It is typically found in open grasslands, on paddy banks, at low and medium altitudes. It also reported from India to Malaya. Uallis is considered effective as sedative, characterized by a decrease in alertness, wakefulness and reactivity. It is also considered effective antioxidant. Read More

Ualisualisan

Benefits of Ualisualisan Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves on drinks are also good to treat coughs. In particular places such as Africa and India, a las doce is used to treat blood and throat disorders, bilious conditions, fever, and puerperium. While in African folk medicine, it is used to treat anemia and liver diseases. Read More
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