Dischidia major (Vahl) Merr.

Last updated: 19 May 2015

Scientific Name

Dischidia major (Vahl) Merr. 


Dischidia bauerlenii Schltr., Dischidia clavata Wall., Dischidia merguiensis Becc., Dischidia pubiflora Schltr., Dischidia rafflesiana Wall., Dischidia timorensis Decne., Dischidia viridescens Griff. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar kul, akar banok, akar bani (Peninsular) [2][3]
Thailand Chuk rohini (Central); kluai mai (Northern); thao phung pla (Eastern, Ranong) [2]
Vietnam Song ly to, d[aa]y m[or] qu[aj] [2].

Geographical Distributions

Dischidia major  is distributed throughout Eastern India, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, Timor, Sulawesi, New Guinea and North-Eastern Australia. [2]

D. major is locally common in sunny and slightly shaded localities in open forest up to 1000 m altitude, also in secondary forest and mangrove forest, and on roadside trees, often hanging down in long garlands. [2]

Botanical Description

D. major comes from the Asclepiadaceae family. It is an epiphytic, climbing herb with nearly smooth stem. [2]

There are 2 types of leaves which are the flat-orbicular, 2-3 cm in diametre and; 6-12 cm long pitcher-form, the ones which are lying flat to the surface host. [2]

The inflorescence is with 0.5-5 cm long peduncle, simple or bifid. The petal is 8-10 mm long, yellow-green and there are lobes inside with short white hairs. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of D. major (Vahl) Merr. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Dischidia major (Vahl) Merr.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 19]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2772546
  2. Dischidia major (Vahl) Merr.In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 12 (3): Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.
  3. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 277.