Smilax verticalis (PROSEA)
Smilax verticalis Gagnepain
- Protologue: Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 81: 74 (1934).
Smilax simulans T. Koyama (1967).
- Cambodia: voë më:m thnam chön (Koh Kong), voë pâpâhs (Pursat)
- Laos: kh'a:ng lua:yx, khua:ng th'ô:n (Vientiane), khua:ng no:yz (Savannakhet)
- Thailand: khrua daao (northern)
- Vietnam: kim chang dứng.
Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
Rhizomes and leaves are used in local medicine in Cambodia and Laos.
A sub-erect to straggling slender shrub up to 2 m tall, somewhat tufted at base with smooth or sparsely prickly stem and branches; leaves elliptical to ovate-elliptical, ovate or lanceolate-oblong, up to 15(-18) cm long, petiole up to 2 cm long, wings of petiolar sheaths not well developed, tendrils absent or short; inflorescence with 1-2 umbels; fruit 8 mm in diameter, reddish at maturity. S. verticalis occurs in shrub savanna and open forest up to 1000 m altitude.
Stephen P. Teo