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Strychnos ignatii  P. J. Bergius


Botanical Name


Strychnos ignatii P. J. Bergius

English Name


Saint Ignatius bean



Strychnos tieute Lesch., Strychnos ovalifolia Wallich ex G. Don, Strychnos beccarii Gilg





General Info


A liana up to 35 m long, with stem up to 5 cm in diameter, bark densely and finely lenticellate, brown or grey, tendrils simple. Leaves ovate or elliptical to lanceolate, 4-18(-22) cm x 2-9(-12) cm, petiole 5-10 mm long. Inflorescence axillary, 10-20-flowered; corolla 7-17 mm long, tube about 3 times longer than lobes, with some long woolly hairs inside in the lower half. Fruit globose, 4-12 cm in diameter, about 10-seeded. Seeds lenticular to ellipsoid or orbicular, 20-35 mm x 16-20 mm x 8-9 mm, silky to felty, or irregularly shaped like castor beans, about 20 mm x 10 mm x 10 mm and rough but glabrous.

Herb Effects

Stomachic, febrifuge, anticholeric and tonic (seeds and bark); stomachic and febrifuge (seeds, roots and wood); tonic and vermifuge (seeds).


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Medicinal Use

Used to treat malaria (seeds, roots and wood); to obstinate vomiting, to treat cholera, asthma, dropsy and rheumatism (seeds); to treat stomach-ache (seeds and bark); in diabetes (leaves).



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