Luvunga scandens

Family: Rutaceae


Family Synonyms

Common Names

Labangaphal (Bengali), Lavang Lata, Indian lavanga (English)

Local Availability

Forests of Sylhet

Worldwide Availability

It mainly inhabits tropical and moist environment such as Indonesia, Philippines, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Botanical Description 7

Leaves 3-foliolate, long-pelioled; coriaceous,oblong-lanceolate orleaflets lanceolate. A scandent evergreen shrub generally tufted from the ground with strong axillary spines. Flowers white,conspicuou

Common Ethnobotanical Use 8

Root and berries are aphrodisiac and cooling; cures consumption, biliousness, allay thirst,burning and fever. 

Chemical Constituents

Compound Name Compound in Plant Parts Reference
Cinnamyl cinnamateFruit2
Methyl (E)-cinnamateFruit2

Pharmacological Evidence

Plants Parts Extract Type Activity Reference
Oil Antifungal 5
Oil Antifungal 4
Leaf; Stem Bark
Hexane; Dichloromethane; Methanol Antiviral 6
Stem; Leaf
Methanolic; n-Hexane; Dichloromethane Lung Cancer 3
Methanolic; n-Hexane; Dichloromethane Breast Cancer 3


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