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Family Apocynacea
Kibatalia blancoi (Rolfe ex Stapf) Merr.


Scientific names Common names
Kibatalia blancoi (Rolfe ex Stapf.) Merr. Ayete (Mang.)
Kibatalia merrittii (Merr.) Woodson Kagpaayan (Ilk.)
Kixia arborea Fern.-Vill. Laneti (P. Bis.)
Kixia blanco Rolfe ex Stapf. Laniting-gubat (Tag.)
Kixia merrittii Merr. Pasnit (Ilk.)
Kibatalia blancoi (Rolfe ex Stapf) Merr. is an accepted species. KEW: Plants of the World Online
Note: For Kibatalia species in this compilation, there are confusing conflicts in scientific names, and confusing phonetic similarities and sharing of common names.
Other common names given to K. blancoi include: Laniti itim, Pandakaki itim, Baguibonlas.

Gen info
- Kibatalia is a genus of trees and shrubs in the family Apocynaceae, tribe Malouetieae, first described as a genus in 1826. It was originally called Hasseltia, but illegitimate as already used for another plant, it was changed to Kibatalia. (1)

Laniting-gubat is a tree growing to a height of 18 to 20 meters. Leaves are opposite, rather leathery, shiny, smooth, ovate, 7 to 12 centimeters long, 2 to 3.5 centimeters wide, pointed at both ends. Flowers are white or light green, showy and occur in the axils of the leaves, singly or in pairs. Corolla is about 2.5 centimeters long, narrow below, wide above, with 5 lobes, each about 5 centimeters long and 1.3 centimeters wide. Fruit is a cylindrical follicle.

- Native to the Philippines; endemic.
- Found in primary and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, Batangas, and Laguna Provinces in Luzon; and in Catanduanes, Mindoro, Sibuyan, Guimaras, Negros, and Leyte.

- Bark contains alkaloids.

- Bark and leaves may have progesterone like effects.
- There is mention of antifungal property, but without supporting link or study.

Parts used
Bark, roots, leaves.

-  No information on edibility for this particular species, but flowers in the genus are often cooked and eaten as vegetable. (4)


- Decoction of roots and bark used as abortifacient.
- Leaves applied as head covering for headaches.

- Fish poison: Bark and leaves used as fish-poison.
- Wood: Used for making wooden shoes and small objects like handicrafts, utensils, and musical instruments.

No studies found.


Updated March 2024 / July 2016

IMAGE SOURCE: / File:Kibatalia blancoi Blanco2.428b-original.png / Flora de Filipinas / Franciso Manuel Blanco (OSA), 1880-1883 / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

Kibatalia / Wikipedia
Kibatalia blancoi / KEW: Plants of the World Online
A REVISION OF BEAUMONTIA WALLICH, KIBATALIA G. DON AND VALLARIOPSIS WOODSON (APOCYNACEAE) / Rudjiman: Department of Plant Taxonomy / Agricultural University Wageningen Papers
Kibatalia blancoi / Ken Fern: Tropical Plants Database / Useful Tropical Plants

DOI: 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)

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