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Family Aristolochiaceae
Aristolochia sericea Blanco

Scientific names Common names
Aristolochia imbricata Mast. Bañgisi (Ilk.)
Aristolochia membranacea Merr. (1919) Pañgisi (Ilk.)
Aristolochia sericea Blanco  
Aristolochia sericea Blanco is an accepted name The Plant List


Gen info
- Aristolochia containing compounds are classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. (Fundamentals of Toxicologic Pathology (2md Ed, 2010)
- Aristolochic species in the compilation: (1) A. tagala, Timbangan, (2) A. philippinensis, Barubo, (3) A. elegans. Calico flower.

Bañgisi is a shrubby plant with small flowers and capsules, and covered with hairs. Leaves are narrowly lanceolate, 10 to 16 centimeters long, 2 to 4 centimeters wide, widest near the rounded or rather heart-shaped base, and tapering to a pointed tip. Fruit is oblong or oblong-obovoid and less than 1 centimeter in length.

- Endemic species found in dry thickets at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Batangas Provinces in Luzon.

- Considered carminative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, abortifacient.
- Reported as violent abortifacient.

Parts used
Roots, entire plant.


- Plant used to relieve flatulence, induce menstruation.
- Used for fevers.
- For painful gastralgia, root is chewed and the saliva swallowed.
- As a uterine tonic, root is macerated in native liquors, and administered as a postpartum uterine tonic.
- Used as a violent abortive.

- Entire plant used as carminative, emmenagogue and febrifuge.

- No studies found.


Updated September 2020 / April 2016

                                                   PHOTOS / ILLUSTRATIONS
IMAGE SOURCE: / Photo / Aristolochiaceae : Aristolochia sericea / Habit of flowering plant / Copyright © 2011 by Leonardo L. Co (contact: benctan@berkeley.edu) [ref. DOL27793] / Non-Commercial Use / Phytoimages.siu.edu

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Aristolochia sericea / Synonyms / The Plant List

Aristolochia sericea / L S Padua, N Bunyapraphatsara and E HMJ Lemmens / Plamt Resources of South-East Asia" 12(1)" Medicinal and Poisonous Plants

It is not uncommon for links on studies/sources to change. Copying and pasting the information on the search window or using the DOI (if available) will often redirect to the new link page. (Citing and Using a (DOI) Digital Object Identifier)

                                                            List of Understudied Philippine Medicinal Plants

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