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A decoction of the leaves is used as a wash in suppurative cutaneous eruptions.

Sterculia Family.

Sterculia foetida, L. (S. polyphilla, R. Br.; Clompanus major, Rumph.) NOM. VULG.—Kalumpag̃, Tag.; Bag̃ar, Iloc.

USES.—A decoction of the leaves is used as a wash in suppurative cutaneous eruptions. The fruit is astringent and is used in Java as an injection for gonorrhoea. In western India and in the Philippines it is an article of diet. The seeds yield an oil that is used for illumination and as a comestible.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A large tree of the first order with digitate leaves of 6– 8 leaflets, broad, oval, very acute, tough, glabrous, growing on a long common petiole. No petiole proper. Flowers of a foetid or feculent odor, hermaphrodite, in compound racemes. Calyx fleshy, soft pubescent internally, bell-shaped, in 5 parts. Corolla none. Nectary 5-toothed, on the end of a small column. Stamens 15, inserted on the border of the nectary by threes, forming a triangle. Filament almost entirely wanting. In the midst of the stamens is visible a small, hairy body of 5 lobules which are the rudiments of the ovaries. The style protrudes and twists downwards. Stigma thick, compressed, of 5 lobules. Fruit, five woody pods, semicircular, joined to a common center, each enclosing many oval seeds inserted in the superior suture.

HABITAT.—Luzon, Mindanao, Cebú, Iloilo. Blooms in March.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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