Smilax verticalis (PROSEA)

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Smilax verticalis Gagnepain

Protologue: Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 81: 74 (1934).


Smilax simulans T. Koyama (1967).

Vernacular names

  • 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.

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Stephen P. Teo