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Barleria cristata  Philippine Violet Daun madu Acanthaceae         


Barleria cristata, Philippine Violet, Acanthaceae, Daun madu

Erect, unarmed, branched shrub, 1 to 3 meters high. The branches are sparingly hairy. Leaves are oblong to elliptic, 4-10 cm long, pointed at the tip and hairy beneath. Flowers are borne singly or in pairs, and terminal in the upper axils of the leaves. The corolla is 6-7 cm long, slender-tubed, winged above; limb is 4 to 5 cm in diameter, violet or nearly white, or streaked with violet and white.
Widely cultivated ornamental hedge plant.
Parts used
Roots, leaves, seeds.
Medical use:
Seeds used as antidote for snake bites.
Roots and leaves used to reduce swellings.
Infusion of roots and leaves used for coughs.