Pakpak-lauin is a huge herbaceous epiphyte at minor or moderate altitudes. Entangled rhizome is a mass of roots below. Leaves are erect and flaring from the crown aggregated in a dense tuft above. Leaves are broad and numerous, radiating from the center of the plant giving the appearance of a bird’s nest; spiral, leathery, smooth, lance-shaped with entire margins, sharply pointed tips and broad bases.
– Common throughout the Philippines at low and medium altitudes.
– Cultivated as a hanging or landscaping plant.
-Grown extensively in other countries, usually as a ornament.
– Native of tropical countries; now grown extensively in America and Europe as an ornament.
– Considered spasmolytic, estrogenic, depurative, sedative.
– Reported to be occasionally eaten by aboriginal tribe in Malaysia.
– In Taiwan, sprouts eaten as vegetable.
• The plant has been reported to be depurative (purifying) and sedative.
• Plant has been used for halitosis.
• The Malay used a decoction of leaves to ease labor pains; also, lotion from pounded leaves in water used as poultice to the head to relieve fever.
• In French Polynesia, used for stings and bites, contraception, chest pains and lice.
• In Hawaii, shoots used for general weakness, ulcers, and sores. Also, plant is part of an asthma regimen, mixed and pounded together with flowers of ki, mixed with poi made from kalo or uala (Ipomoea batatas).
• Shoots used for general debility, sores, ulcers.
• In Taiwan, used to treat fever; infusion used to alleviate labor pains, asthma, debility, halitosis, and sores.
• In North Eastern India, rootstock used against fever and elephantiasis. Also, used as emollient, in coughs and diseases of the chest. Leaf is smoked to treat colds.
• In Kumaun Himalaya, Uttrakhand, India, used in splenic enlargement, urine calculus, jaundice, and malaria.
• In Madya Pradesh, used for jaundice and malaria.
• Veterinary: In Papua New Guinea, leaves used as contraceptive in pigs.
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