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Family Taccaceae
Tacca palmata Blume

Scientific names Common names
Tacca angustilobata Merr. Corazon de angel (Span., Tag.)
Tacca elmeri K. Krause Kanalong (Bis.)
Tacca fatsiifolia Warb. ex. H. Limpr. Magsaloro (Bis.)
Tacca montana Schult. & Schult.f. Payung-payuñgan (Tag.)
Tacca rumphii Schauer Tungang-basing (Bis.)
Tacca vesicaria Blanco Unodunod (Bis.)
  Tacca (Engl.)
Tacca palmata Blume is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
INDONESIA: Si marhaladi.
SPANISH: Corazon de angel.
VIETNAMESE: N?a chân v?t; Râu hùm lá chân v?t

Payung-payuñgan is a perennial herb. Rootstock is tuberous, ovoid, small, 2 to 4 centimeters in diameter. Petiole is slender, 20 to 30 centimeters long. Leaves are pedately 5- to 7-partite, 15 to 20 centimeters in diameter, thin; segments are oblong to elliptic-oblong, entire, acuminate, the lower two on each side more united than the others. Scapes are slender, about as long as the leaves. Flowers are umbellate, pedicelled, purple and green, about 8 millimeters long, the involucre usually of four leaves, the outer two broadly ovate, acuminate, nearly sessile, and 3 to 6 centimeters long; the inner two with constricted bases, petioled. Fruit is subglobose, fleshy, red, and about 1 centimeter long.

- In thickets and secondary forests at a low altitude in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Bataan and Laguna Provinces in Luzon, in Semirara, and in Panay.
- Indochina to Malesia.

- Rhizomes are bitter.
- Astringent, analgesic. stomachic,

Parts used


- In the Philippines, used for indigestion; scrapings from tuberous rhizomes are chewed as stomachic.
- Also used by women for menstrual disorders.

- Used in diarrhea and dysentery.

No studies found.


Updated June 2018 / June 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / Photo / Taccaceae : Tacca palmata / Fruiting plant / Copyright © 2012 by Ravan Schneider (contact: pieter.pelser@canterbury.ac.nz) [ref. DOL55498] / Non-Commercial Use / click on image to go to source page / Phytoimages.siu.edu

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Tacca palmata / Synonyms / The Plant List

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