Mali mali (Leea indica Merr.)

(Leea indica Merr.)

Mali-mali is common in thickets and secondary forests, especially along streams at low and medium altitudes, from the Babuyan Islands and northern Luzon to Mindanao and Palawan, in most or all islands and provinces. It also occurs in Borneo, Java and the Moluccas.

This is a shrub or small tree reaching a height of 8 meters. The leaves are smooth, and trifoliate or pinnate. The leaflets are oblong to subelliptic up to 15 centimeters in length or more, 3 to 4 centimeters in width, the terminal leaflet being larger prominently toothed along all margins except the base, pointed at the tip, and blunt at base. The flowers are white and are borne on corymbs 5 to 8 centimeters long. The fruit is red, somewhat rounded, about 1 centimeter in diameter.
According to Guerrero, the leaves of this species are said to be used for purifying bad blood.

Medical usage :
Boil root of plant, drink it to get rid of restlessness, uneasiness after giving birth and encourages restfull sleep.

Traditional Uses:  Fever after childbirth, headache

Description Morphology:  Tree up to 10 m, trunk glabrus with 1 to 3 leaflets. Petiole length and vegetative obovat. The young leaves ovate oblong to ovate or elliptic lanseolat lanseolat and fluffy. Fiber to dentat margin. Acute apex and rounded base. White flowers. Round fruit black.

Ecological Distribution: Found in lowland areas from India to Southeast Asia.


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