Pterospermum acerifolium (L.) Willd.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 116

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Pterospermum acerifolium (L.) Willd.


Pterospermum acerifolium (L.) Willd. 


Myanmar: magwinapa, sinna, taung-petwun, taw-kalamet. English: kanack champa (adopted Hindi name).


India to Java. Widely distributed in Myanmar.


Bark, Leaf: Used in skin diseases (smallpox). Leaf: Used as a styptic. Flower: Used as a tonic.


In India the plant is considered antiseptic, depurative, and tonic; also employed for eruptions, fever, inflammation, leprosy, menorrhagia, puerperium, smallpox, sores, and tumors ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991).

In South China a tincture of the root of another species in the genus, Pterospermum heterophllum  , is drunk to treat rheumatism and ostealgia; on the Malay Peninsula, the bark of P. javanicum  is used in a poultice for abdominal complaints; in the Philippines the bark and flowers of P. diversifolium  are charred and mixed with the glands of another species to cause suppuration for smallpox ( Perry 1980).


Nordal (1963), Perry (1980).