Smooth Parameria
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Smooth Parameria
P Native Photo: Joju P. Alappatt
Common name: Smooth Parameria
Botanical name: Parameria laevigata    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Echites barbatus,

Smooth Parameria is a large climbing shrub with milky latex. Leaves are opposite, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, pointed to rounded at base, entire, bluntly tapering at tip, leathery. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, in di- or trichotomously branched umbel-like cymes aggregated into panicles. Flowers are white, fragrant, flat-faced with a narrow tube about 2 mm long, hairless. Petals are 5, round, stamens 5, inserted at the base of flower tube; filaments short; anthers more or less arrow shaped. Fruits are follicles, paired, monilliform, 15-35 cm long, narrow. Smooth Parameria is found in Andaman & Nicobar, Combodia, Malesia, Philippines.
Medicinal uses: All parts of Smooth Parameria are used to treat rheumatism, nephritis, and injury. Flowering: December-February.

Identification credit: Joju P. Alappatt Photographed in Wrightmyo, South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar.

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