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Family Araceae
Homalomena philippinensis Engl.

Scientific names Common names
Homalomena philippinensis Engl. Alipaiu (Tag.)
Homalomena rubescens var. latifolia Engl. Alupayi (Tag.)
  Hayau (Sub.)
  Payau (Tag.)
  Salet (Pang.)
  Salet-ñga-nalabaga (Tag.)
  Tahig (Bik.)
Homalomena philippinensis Engl. is an accepted name The Plant List

Payau is an herbaceous plant up to 1 meter high. Leaves are heart-shaped, with pointed tip, 25 to 30 centimeters long, and on long petioles. Spathe is greenish, flushed with purple, oblong, 4 to 5 centimeters long. Spadix is about 3.5 centimeters long. Seeds are ovoid, and about 5 millimeters long.

Along small streams in primary forests at low altitudes, often common but endemic in Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Rizal, Bataan, Laguna, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; Mindoro; Palawan; Panay; Leyte; Biliran; Negros; and Mindanao.

- Antirheumatic.
- Vulnerary.

Parts used
Rhizomes, leaves.


- Large leaves are extensively used in the Camarines area for wrapping articles of food.
- Rhizomes used as antirheumatic in the form of embrocation.
- Leaves used as vulnerary.

No studies found.


Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update October 2015

IMAGE SOURCE: Homalomena sp. (emerald gem habit) / File:Starr 070906-8753 Homalomena sp..jpg / Forest & Kim Starr / 6 Sept 2007 / click on photo to go to source page / Wikipedia
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Drawing of leaves and flowers / Photograph by: Engler, H.G.A., Das Pflanzenreich, Araceae - Philodendroideae - Philodendreae - Homalomeniae / Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) / Useful Tropical Plants
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Homalomena philippinensis Engl. / Synonyms / The Plant List
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