Ophiorrhiza mungos L.

Scientific Name

Ophiorrhiza mungos L.


Ophiorrhiza ostindica Christm. [Invalid]. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Pokok sumpu badak, kundunak [2][3]
English Mongoose plant
India Aravakkiriti, avilpori, cadachi, caka, caramankam, carparaci, cataippuntu, cemperikam, cittika, gandali, garuda paathaala, iracakiri, keerip-pundu, kiricceti, kiripputu, pampukolli, patala garuda, pucakam, rasna, sadaichi, sarahati, sarpalocana, sarpari, tirkkapi, tiruvilai, tutayi, vipanam, vipanapputu [3]
Philippines Payang payang gubat (Tagalog); kayotimokan (Bagobo); lumai (Bikol)
Tibet Sa rba ksi [3].

Geographical Distributions

Ophiorrhiza mungos is distributed from India, Sri Lanka, to Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and the Philippines. [2]

O. mungos occurs in primary and secondary forests, in moist localities, up to 400 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

O. mungos is a member of the family Rubiaceae. This plant is a semi-woody, erect, normally hairless herb, and usually 10-50(-80) cm tall. [2]

The leaves are narrow, oval to lance-shaped, 4-12 cm x 2-6 cm with pointed base and apex. The petiole is 8-25 mm long and stipules are 4-5 mm long. Its cyme is more or less flat-topped, 2-12 cm in diametre. Branches are sub-umbellate, spreading, hairy or smooth with bracts absent. The pedicel and sepal teeth are short. Petal is white with 7-8 mm long tube, short, obtuse and keeled lobes. [2]

The capsule is 2-3 mm long with 6-8 mm in diametre. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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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 O. mungos. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Ophiorrhiza mungos L. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 July 27]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-140493
  2. Schmelzer GH, Bunyapraphatsara N. Ophiorrhiza mungos L. 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. 393-394.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 333-334.