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Willughbeia edulis - Roxb.

Common Name Gedraphol, Kuy
Family Apocynaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland primary rain forests[334 , 555 ].
Range E. Asia - Bangladesh, Assam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Willughbeia edulis Gedraphol, Kuy

Willughbeia edulis Gedraphol, Kuy


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Physical Characteristics

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Willughbeia edulis is an evergreen Climber growing to 25 m (82ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Ambelania edulis (Roxb.) J.Presl Ancylocladus cochinchinensis Pierre Ancylocladus curtisianus Pierre Ancylocladus edulis (Roxb.) Kuntze Pacouria roxburghii Kostel. Willughbeia cochinchinensis (Pierre) K.Schum. Willughbeia curtisiana (Pierre) K.Schum. Willughbeia dulcis Ridl. Willughbeia gudara Steud. Willughbeia martabanica Wall.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[46 , 317 , 460 ]. A pleasant flavour[46 ]. The yellowish, ovoid fruit is about the size of a lemon[46 ]. The fruit is about 5cm in diameter[555 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antidiarrhoeal  Dysentery

The latex is used as a plaster for sores and as a treatment for yaws[555 ]. The stems are used to treat yaws, dysentery, and liver discomfort[555 ]. The roots are used internally to treat jaundice, heartburn, and diarrhoea[555 ].

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Other Uses


Every part of the plant, on being wounded, discharges copiously a very pure white viscid latex, which is soon, by exposure to the air, changed into an indifferent kind of rubber[460 ].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming  Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Management: Standard  Regional Crop

A plant of the lowland wet tropics.

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Materials, chemicals and energy include bioplastics, rubber, biomass products gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, butane, propane, biogas. Plants are usually resprouting plants and saps.
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

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Plant Propagation


Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Aguh, Akar getah gerip, Arkurbal, Bel tota, Bel-tata, Buah padang, Cay guoi, Gedra-phol, Hrenchi, Jitan, Kenjet, Kubal madu, Kuy, Laleng-tenga, Lalong, Laong-doukha, Lathi am, Luti-am, Pabhoi tenga, Tabu, Talaing-no, Thitkyauk-nwe, Vuak-duo. kuy (Cambodia), gedraphol, laleng-tenga, bel-tata (India), dton-kuy, kuiton, kreua and katong-katiew (Thai), talaing-no (Myanmar) and gu?i (Vietnamese).Kubal madu in Indonesia refers to a similar edible relative, W. sarawacensis.

Native Range

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Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Willughbeia coriaceaHeaven fruit, Borneo rubber, Akar gerit-gerit besiClimber30.0 10-12 FLMHSNMWe213

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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