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Family Ochnaceae
Campylospermum angustifolium Tiegh.
Lie ban sai jin lian mu

Scientific names Common names
Campylospermum angustifolium Tiegh. Angali (P. Bis.)
Ouratea angustifolia Tiegh. Bansilai (Tag.)
  Barsik (Tag.)
  Bulanan (Bis.)
  Bulokanan (Bis.)
  Buluk (P. Bis.)
  Fugauil (Ibn.)
  Inbibinga (Tagb., Kuy..)
  Karanian (Bis.)
  Marabunai (Ibn.)
  Mata-mata (P. Bis.)
  Pagulingon (C. Bis.)
  Pauil (Neg., Ibn.)
  Pinulug (Sul.)
  Talokton (Sbl.)
  Kanada (Engl.)
Ouratea angustifolia Tiegh. is a synonym of Campylospermum angustifolium Tiegh.
Campylospermum angustifolium Tiegh. is an accepted name. The Plant List

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Chi ye sai jin lian mu, Lie ban ao li mu.
THAI: Hu kwang.

Barsik is a smooth, small, much-branched tree. Leaves are distichous, lanceolate, 6 to 12 centimeters long, pointed at both ends, and with toothed margins. Veins on the blade are very close and numerous, with 2 marginal one near the edge. Flowers are numerous, yellow, very small, and borne on large pyramidal, terminal and axillary panicles. Fruit, which consists of 5 carpels or fewer, surrounded by persistent sepals, is ovoid, 7 to 18 millimeters long, black, and shining. Seeds are erect, with a green embryo.

- Found in primary forests at low altitude in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Quezon, and Camarines Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro, Culion, Busuanga, Palawan, Balabac, Masbate, Romblon, Panay, Guimaras, Negros, and Mindanao.
- Also reported from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

- Roots yield gallocatechin.

- Roots and leaves are bitter, considered tonic, stomachic, antiemetic.

Parts used
Roots and leaves.


In Tarlac, decoction of bitter roots and leaves used as tonic and for curing stomachache.
- In Malabar, decoction of roots and leaves used as tonic, stomachic, and antiemetic
- In India, roots used as antiemetic. (3)
- In the Kerala forests of India, gum used in treatment of rheumatism and chronic skin diseases. (4)
- In Thailand, decoction of root used for bodily discomforts. (5)

Flavonoids / Leaves:
Study evaluated an alcoholic extract of leaves for total flavonoid content. Results showed a total of 720 µg/mg in cold alcoholic leaf extracts, a high content probably responsible for antioxidant activity, and makes the plant a promising candidate as a natural source of antioxidants with high value. (2)


Last Update January 2017

OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: PHOTO / File:Campylospermum serratum 3.jpg / Franz Xaver / 23 Dec 2005 / GFDL / click on photo to see original image / Wikimedia Commons
IMAGE SOURCE: Ouratea serratula [as Gomphia serratula Pohl] Pohl, J.E., Plantarum Brasiliae icones et descriptiones hactenus ineditae, Plates, t. 181 (1831) / Illustration contributed by the Missouri Botanical Garden/ Plant Illustrations
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE:Ouratea serrata [as Gomphia sumatrana Jack] Hooker�s Icones Plantarum, vol. 8: t. 712 (1848)
family / Illustration contributed by the Missouri Botanical Garden/ Plant Illustrations

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Campylospermum serratum (Gaertner) Bittrich et M. C. E. Amaral. (accepted name)
/ Catalogue of Life, China / Chinese name
Determination of total flavonoid content in the leaves of Gomphia serrata / Remya Soman, Beena Thomas
Medicinal Plants as Source of Antiemetic Agents: A Review
/ Yogesh Shivhare* / Asian J. Pharm. Tech. 1(2): April-June 2011; Page 25-27
STUDIES ON THE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF KERALA FORESTS / V.P.Krishnan Nambiar N.Sasidharan C.Renuka M.Balagopalan / KFRI Research Report 42
Medicinal Plants Used in the Loengnoktha District / Thai Journal of Phytopharmacy Vol. 9(2) Dec. 2002
AUGUST 4, 2011

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