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  Mussaenda glabra Vahl
  Family Name : Rubiaceae

  Common Names : Adap-Adap, Balik Adap, Belak Adap, Cha Pedi, Daun Puteri, Segoreh

  Chinese Name : 光叶玉叶金花

Adap-Adap,Balik Adap,Belak Adap,Cha Pedi,Daun Puteri,Segoreh
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      1 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Secondary Rainforest; Freshwater Swamp Forest; Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Endangered (EN))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a climbing bush reaching up to 1 m height, and has hairless, lenticellate branches.
      Foliage: Its opposite , stalked leaves have leathery blades that are usually oblong to lance-shaped with a pointed tip, bright green above, green below, 6.4–8.9 by 1.3–4 cm, and have 5–6 pairs of veins that are hairless or covered with soft hair.
      Flowers: Its flowers are orange-red, covered with soft hair that are yellow at the mouth, and arranged in clusters at the end of flowering branches.
      Fruits: Its fruit is oblong, green, 1.3 cm long, and has tiny seeds.
      Habitat :
      It grows in open habitats.
      Associated Fauna :
      Its flowers are insect-pollinated.
      Cultivation :
      It can be propagated by seed and stem cutting.
      Etymology :
      Latin Mussaenda, from the Singhalese vernacular name for Mussaenda frondosa; Latin glabra, not covered with hair, possibly referring to the stem of this climber
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable; Herb & Spice)
      Medicinal (Its leaves can be used to make tea which may be given for cough. The leaves are chewed with betel, consumed to treat bowel complaints, as a poultice for headache, or eaten in salad. A decoction of the roots is given after childbirth.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      It is suitable for parks as a sprawling shrub if grown without a trellis.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola, Flowerbed / Border
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
      Butterfly Food Plant
      Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
      Seed / Spore Dispersal :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose, Leathery
      Foliar Modification :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate; Oblong)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Orange, Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Flower Symmetry :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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