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Heterosmilax erythrantha Baill
Heterosmilax erythrantha Baill
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Description:  Glabrous climber, unarmed. Leaves alternate, ovate, base subcordate; petiole long, with tendrils. Inflorescence in long-stalked axillary umbel; flowers pink or spotted with red, the male and female on different plants. Fruit globose, 8-10 mm. in diameter, black when ripe. Seeds 2-4, ovate.
Flowering period:  May - October.
Distribution:  Grows wild in the mountains and the midlands.
Parts used:  The tubers, collected in summer, are well washed, cut into slices and dried in the sun or in ovens.
Chemical composition:  The tuberous roots contain saponins, tannin and resins.
Therapeutic uses:  The tuberous roots possess anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties and are used in treating rheumatism, arthralgia, osteodynia, lumbago, boils, impetigo and prurigo. The daily dose is 15 to 30 g in the form of decoction, aqueous extract, powder or pills.