Entada phaseoloides (PROSEA)

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Entada phaseoloides (L.) Merr.

Protologue: Philipp. Journ. Sci., Bot. 9: 86 (1914).


Entada scandens (L.) Benth. (1842) p.p., Entada rumphii Scheff. (1872), Entada tonkinensis Gagnep. (1911).

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: gogo (Tagalog, Bikol)
  • Vietnam: dây bàm bàm, dậu dẹt.


From the Pacific through tropical Australia westward to northern Vietnam and southern China; in Malesia recorded for the Philippines, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sunda Islands, the Moluccas and New Guinea.


In Fiji, the juice of the stem is drunk to relieve rheumatic joint and muscle pains, and for respiratory ailments. A decoction of the stem is also drunk for the treatment of hernia, fish poisoning and gonorrhoea. The juice of the roots is given for ulcers, abdominal muscle spasms and headaches. In areas where E. rheedii and E. phaseoloides occur sympatrically, they are most likely used indiscriminately.


A large woody climber, often with flattened and spiral stem; rachis 2 cm long, pinnae 1-2 pairs, 6.5-9 cm long, 1-2(-3) pairs of leaflets per pinna, leaflets elliptical to obovate-elliptical, unequal-sided, 4.5-10 cm × 1.8-6.3 cm, base asymmetrical or somewhat emarginate; inflorescence an axillary spike, 13-30 cm long, flowers sessile or subsessile, male or bisexual, minute, calyx green, broadly cup-shaped, petals green with a reddish base; pod straight to slightly curved, up to 100(-200) cm × 7-15 cm, exocarp woody, endocarp parchment-like; seed suborbicular, flattened, 4-6 cm × 3.3-5 cm, 1 cm thick, brown. E. phaseoloides is found in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from freshwater swamp and inland from the mangrove up to montane forest, up to 900(-1700) m altitude.

Selected sources

  • 17. Agaceta, L.M., Dumag, P.U., Batolos, J.A., Escandor, N.B. & Bandiola, F.C., 1981. Study on the control of snail vectors of fascioliasis; molluscicidal activity of some indigenous plants. Philippine Journal of Animal Industry 36(1-4): 101-111.143, 360, 463, 739, 786, 788, 810, 1038, 1106.


L.J.G. van der Maesen