Cayratia mollissima (Planch.) Gagnep.

Last updated: 28 April 2015

Scientific Name

Cayratia mollissima (Planch.) Gagnep.


Cayratia mollissima Wall. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Lakom gajah, kesakitan burong, akar sebenkak [2][3], lakom laut, peria hutan [4]
Vietnam v[as]c l[oo]ng m[eef]m [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Cayratia mollissima can be found in Thailand, Indo-China, Malaysia and the Philippines. It is occurs commonly along forest margins. [2]

Botanical Description

C. mollissima comes from the family of Vitaceae. It is an evergreen climber, measure 2-10 m long and with long stiffly hairy stem. [2]

The leaves are 3-foliolate, measure up to 5 cm long petiole and hairy. The leaflets are elliptical to obliquely ovate in shape, serrate margins while both surfaces are softly hairy. The corymb is axillary, wide-spreading and measure up to 7.5 cm in diametre. The peduncle is measure up to 5 cm long. [2]

The flowers are dull bluish-green and small. [2]

The berry is ovoid in shape, measure up to 2.5 cm in diametre, white to pinkish in colour and with crystals. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of C. mollissima (Planch.) Gagnep. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Cayratia mollissima (Planch.) Gagnep.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 Apr 287]. Available from:
  2. Rahayu SSB. Cayratia mollissima (Wallich) Gagnep. In: Van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2001. p. 146.
  3. Umberto Q. CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2012. p. 860.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre. Compendium of Medicinal Plants Used in Malaysia. Vol. 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC-IMR: 2002. p.156.