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  Kadsura scandens Blume
  Family Name : Schisandraceae

  Common Names : Akar Dama-dama

Akar Dama-dama
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a large climber up to 12 m long with dark, striate bark.
      Foliage: Its alternate, stalked leaves have leathery leaf blades that are broadly egg-shaped to egg-shaped-oblong with a pointed tip, dark green, 10–15 by 5–10 cm, and have 5 pairs of veins.
      Flowers: Its flowers are pink, fragrant, with fleshy petals, and occur in clusters at the axils of the trunk.
      Fruits: Its fruit is round and 5–6.4 cm wide. Each berry contains 1–2 seeds that are 5.5–8.5 by 5–9 mm.
      Habitat :
      It grows in lowland and montane forests, from sea-level to 2,400 m altitude. 
      Associated Fauna :
      Its flowers are insect-pollinated.
      Etymology :
      Kadsura, from the Japanese vernacular name for Kadsura japonica; Latin scandens, climbing, referring to the plant’s growth form
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
      [Others]: Its ripe fruits are edible and have a sour, somewhat aromatic taste. Its fruits are used to alleviate skin problems and its bark is further used to combat fever. 
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
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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