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Lansones as Medicinal Plant

By goGreen | September 29, 2011
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Botany

Tree growing to a height of 4 to 20 meters. Leaves are alternate, 20 to 40 cm long, with 5 to 7 leaflets, oblong to oblong-elliptic, pointed at both ends. Flowers are small, yellow and borne on spikes, solitary or fascicled on the trunk or larger branches. Fruit is yellowish-white, occuring in bunches on a single stem, ellipsoid or globose, 2-4 cm long, with bitter seeds that are surrounded by a translucent pulp. The outer skin is thin and tough, abundant in a milky juice. The pulp occurs in five sections with one well-developed seed.

 

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Chemical constituents and properties

From the seeds, two toxic and bitter substances and traces of an alkaloid. The fruit pulp contains sucrose, saccharose, fructose and glucose. Bark is astringent.

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Uses

Nutritional

The fruit pulp is succulent and delicious, and may be candied or preserved in syrup. Food value per 100 g of edible portion: Moisture 86.5 g; protein 0.8 g; carbohydrates 9.5 g, fiber 2.3 g; calcium 20 mg; phosphorus 30 mg; vitamin A 13 IU; thiamine 89 mcg; riboflavin 124 mcg; ascorbic acid 1 mg.

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Cosmetics

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Studies

Availability

Commercial cultivation.

 

SOURCE: Philippine Medicinal Plants

 

 

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