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(Sabia family)


• Medicinal / Folk-medicinal aspects: The use of one species in the treatment of wounds and itchy skin has been documented. •
• Adverse effects: Spines are a feature of at least one species. •
• Veterinary aspects: •

According to Plants of the World Online [accessed June 2021], the family comprises 3 genera of trees, climbing shrubs, and woody vines, namely Meliosma Blume [125 spp.], Ophiocaryon Endl. [10 spp.], and Sabia Colebr. [26 spp.], which are found in tropical and eastern Asia, and in Central and South America. Some authorities have previously segregated Ophiocaryon Endl. and Meliosma Blume into a separate family, namely the Meliosmaceae (see Willis 1973).

Certain Meliosma Blume species may be found in cultivation as ornamental trees or shrubs (Hunt 1968/70).

Meliosma sumatrana Walp.
[syns Meliosma elmeri Merr., Meliosma nitida Blume, Meliosma philippinensis Merr. & L.M.Perry, Millingtonia sumatrana Jack]

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Sabia japonica Maxim.
[syn. Sabia spinosa Stapf ex Koidz.]

The older branches of this woody climbing shrub are armed with short spines (Guo & Brach 2007).


  • Guo L, Brach AR (2007) SABIACEAE. In: Wu Z, Raven PH, Hong D (Eds) Flora of China. Hippocastanaceae through Theaceae, Vol. 12, pp. 25-42. St Louis, MO: Missouri Botanical Garden Press [WorldCat] [url] [url-2]
  • Hunt P (Ed.) (1968/70) The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Gardening. London: Marshall Cavendish [WorldCat]
  • Willis JC (1973) A Dictionary of the Flowering Plants and Ferns, 8th edn. (Revised by Airy Shaw HK). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [WorldCat]
  • [ + 1 further reference not yet included in database]

Richard J. Schmidt

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