|Scientific names||Common names|
|Coffea luconiensis Cham. & Schlecht.||Altoko (Mang.)|
|Grumilea luconiensis Merr.||Dumamai (Gad.)|
|Paederia tacpo Blanco||Kadpaayan (Ilk.)|
|Psychotria malayana F.-Vill.||Kalabol (Sbl.)|
|Katagpo (Pamp., Tag.)|
|Tagpo is a shared common name of two species of plants: (1) Tagpong-gubat, tagpo(Psychotria luconiensis), and (2) Tagpo (Ardisia squamulosa Presl). The latter is a small tree growing to a height of about 10 meters, with fragrant white or pink flowers, and blue or purplish rounded 5-8 mm fruits.|
Tagpong-gubat is a smooth, erect shrub growing to a height of 1.5 to 5 meters. The leaves are smooth, shining, oblong to oblong-elliptic, 8 to 20 centimeters long, short-petioled and pointed at both ends. Flowers are white, in crowded terminal inflorescences 2 to 3 centimeters long. Corolla is 4 to 4.5 millimeters long with a hairy throat. Fruit is somewhat fleshy, obovoid, 5 to 6 millimeters long, yellow or reddish. Seeds are plano-convex.
- Only in the Philippines, in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes, in most or all provinces of Luzon, and in Mindoro, Masbate, Leyte, and Panay.
Leaves and roots.
- Fresh leaves used topically for headaches.
- Decoction of fresh young leaves used for cleaning ulcers and as a topical for ulcerated wounds.
- Decoction of the root used for dysentery.
Last Update August 2012
|Photo © Godofredo Stuart / StuartXchange|
|GRAPHIC SOURCE / Public Domain/ Psychotria luconiensis / File:Psychotria tacpo Blanco1.55-original.png / Flora de Filipinas / Franciso Manuel Blanco (OSA), 1880-1883 / Wikimedia Commons|