Herbs & Plants


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Botanical Name :Marsdenia tinctoria R. Br.
Family  : Asclepiadaceae
Other Scientific Names :Marsdenia akkar Blanco ,Marsdenia tagudina Blanco ,Asclepias tinctoria Roxb. ,Pergularia tinctoria Spreng.
Common Names:  Ariñgit (Bik..),Lamus (Bag.),Payañgit (Tag.),Tayom-tayom (Ilk.),Broad-leafed indigo (Engl.,Lan ye teng (Chin.) , Java indigo (Engl.) ,Tarum (Malaysia)

Habitat :   Payangit is widly distributed from subtropical Himalays of Nepal and India,through Thailand and Peninsular Malayasia,southwards to Indonesia (Sumatra and Java) and the Philippines: east and northwest  to southern China, Taiwan, and the Ryukyu island. It is very rarely caltivated in India,Burma,Thailand and Indonesia(Sumatra & Java).

Payañgit is a twining, half-woody plant with very slender, smooth branches. Leaves are opposite, ovate to broadly ovate or somewhat rounded, 9 to 16 cm long, 5 to 10 cm wide, with pointed tip and heart-shaped base. Flowers are small, fragrant, yellowish green, borne in alternating clusters at the axils of the leaves, and 4 to 7 cm long. The fruit or follicle is lanceolate and somewhat angular, 5 to 8 cm long, and densely covered with hairs. Seeds are compressed and provided with profuse, silky-white hairs.
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Botanical Details:

Herbs, shrubs , or rarely treelike, with milky or, less often, clear latex. Leaves simple , opposite or occasionally whorled , very rarely alternate, usually without obvious stipules, margin nearly always entire. Inflorescences terminal , axillary , or extra-axillary , cymose , often condensed and umbel-like, occasionally a racemelike bostrychium. Flowers bisexual , 5-merous, actinomorphic . Sepals joined at base only, often with 5 or more basal glands in the sinuses. Corolla sympetalous , reflexed to urceolate or salverform ; lobes valvate or overlapping in bud to right or left. Corona usually present, inserted on corolla, stamens, or both. Stamens 5, usually inserted at base of corolla tube and adhering to stigma head to form gynostegium; filaments usually connate to form a tube enclosing ovaries; anthers 4-celled (Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae) or 2-celled (Asclepiadoideae), often with a membranous apical appendage ; pollen tetrads contained loosely on a spatulate translator with a basal corpusculum (Periplocoideae), or pollen united into waxy pollinia, each attached through a caudicle (stalk ) to the retinaculum (gland ) between adjacent anthers to form a pollinarium , pollinia 2 (Asclepiadoideae) or 4 (Secamonoideae) per pollinarium. Ovaries 2, free , superior; ovules numerous . Styles connate; stigma head fleshy. Fruit of 1 or 2 follicles. Seeds numerous, strongly compressed , with a coma (a prominent basal tuft of silky hairs ) . Chromosome number x = (8-) 11 (or 12) .

Payañgit occurs naturally in  secondary and primary forests at low and medium altitudes, climbing on trees or over rocks. It is also found in thickrts and open ground, possibly as remnants of former cultivation.

*Stems yielded pregnane glycosides.
*Plant yields an indigo dye, for which it is sometimes grown.

Mrdicinal Uses:
Parts used :Leaves

Leaves sometimes used internally for stomach aches and vaguely diagnosed intestinal afflictions.
In the Sikkim Himalayas, leaf juice taken three times daily for stomachaches.

Other Uses:
*Dye: In Burma, green is produced by dipping threads that have been dyed yellow in a boiling decoction of the leaves and twigs of the creeping Marsdenia tinctoria

*Its dye, like true indigo, is regarded as a good black dye for the hair.


Pregnane Glycosides: Study yielded three new pregnane glycosides, tinctorosides A-C, together with one known pregnane glycoside, stephanoside B, from the stems of M tinctoria.

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