Rhaphidophora korthalsii (PROSEA)

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Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott

Protologue: Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat. 1: 129 (1863).


Southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, to New Guinea and islands of the western Pacific.


Leaf extracts are used in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore against cancer and skin diseases.


A large, slender to rather robust liana up to 20 m long; leaves broadly oblong-elliptical to oblong-lanceolate, 10-44 cm × 14-94 cm, pinnatisect to pinnatifid, petiole 9-65 cm long; spathe 10-30 cm × 3-5 cm, greenish to dull yellow, spadix cylindrical, 9-26 cm long, dull green to dirty white. R. korthalsii is a variable species that occurs in primary and secondary forest up to 1700 m altitude.

Selected sources

105, 107, 1005.

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Tran Cong Khanh