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Leguminos

The flowers are edible. They and the leaves are purgative and are given in decoction for this purpose, 30–40 grams to 200 of water.

Pulse Family.

Agati grandiflora, Desv. (Sesbania grandiflora, Pers.) NOM. VULG.—Katuray, Tag.

USES.—The flowers are edible. They and the leaves are purgative and are given in decoction for this purpose, 30–40 grams to 200 of water. The juice of the flowers is a popular remedy in India, for migraine and coryza. The trunk bark is bitter and tonic.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A tree, 4–6 meters high, with drooping limbs; leaves long, very narrow, abruptly pinnate; many caducous leaflets, linear, elliptical.

Flowers large, white, fragrant, in axillary racemes. Calyx bell-shaped with two indistinct lips. Corolla papilionaceous, white. Standard oval, a slight notch at the apex. Wings almost as large as the keel which is strongly arched. Stamens 10, diadelphous. Anthers uniform. Style and stamens equally long. Stigma a small head. Pod 1–2° long, linear, 4-sided, containing many oval seeds, separated by filamentous partitions.

HABITAT.—Grows in all sections of Luzon and Panay.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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