Leea indica

Today’s entry was written by Alexis Kho. Thanks to the contributions of many BPotD readers, we’ve been fortunate yet again to be able to get a work-study student to help with Botany Photo of the Day. Alexis has just completed her third year in the Science and Management Major in the UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Natural Resources Conservation program. Alexis writes:

Thank you to Jayesh Patil aka jayeshp912@Flickr for providing today’s photograph. This photo shows the cream-white flowers and green sepals of Leea indica.

Leea indica is a member of the grape family, Vitaceae. Also known as bandicoot berry, it is an evergreen shrub naturally distributed throughout areas of India, China, Indo-China and Malesia and also found in Australia and the Pacific Islands. It is a commonly occurring species that grows as a spreading shrub or a tree up to 5m tall in the understory of disturbed and second-growth evergreen forests. The cream-coloured flowers of Leea indica grow in cymes and eventually produce small dark purple berries.

Extracts from Leea indica roots are traditionally used to treat colic, diarrhea, ulcers, skin disease and dysentery and to relieve thirst. Also a traditional use, the leaves are roasted and used on the head to relieve vertigo. Recent studies have found that extracts from the species–by inducing cell death–may have the potential to be developed as an anticancer drug (see Hsiung WY and Kadir HA. 2011. Leea indica Ethyl Acetate Fraction Induces Growth-Inhibitory Effect in Various Cancer Cell Lines and Apoptosis in Ca Ski Human Cervical Epidermoid Carcinoma Cells. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. vol. 2011, Article ID 293060, 13 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/293060).

Leea indica

19 responses to “Leea indica”

  1. Ed Shirey

    Please remove me from your email list, you have become boring.

  2. Deb Lievens

    Don’t believe a word of it. In fact, reading this post, I was thinking it was time to send another donation.

  3. iris lefleur

    Boring? Dont believe a word of it? What is wrong with you people? All plants are fascinating, especially when they are important sources for food or medicine. Sometimes life is not a pretty flower to covet.

  4. Bonnie

    Maybe Ed knows everything there is to know in the world, therefore he is bored. I’m not and I continue to learn. Then again I’m just not as smart as Ed? lol

  5. A E Warren

    At 75, I have not the greatest eyesight, and pale green on a white background is too hard for me to read. As a result I miss most of what you have to say about various plants.
    A darker green would be ok, or any other color that isn’t intrinsically pale…

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Ed, there is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email. Your words are particularly appreciated as I start to train someone new to help me this summer.
    A E Warren — please hit the “refresh” button on any Botany Photo of the Day page. The links have returned to the old style (and consistent with the rest of the site) where they are the same colour as the rest of the text and only become the green when you hover over the link with your cursor. Unfortunately, some web browsers cache the files that contain the styles, so you need to hit “refresh” to force it to use the new style file.

  7. tajalli

    Hello, Mr. Warren. All the print shows as black on my computer screen, so it may be possible for you to adjust the settings for you browser to make viewing easier. Many browsers allow you to dictate the size and color of the fonts on webpages when they download. I’m using Safari, which is available for Mac and PC.
    And for the earlier comment: boring, like beauty, is in the eye and mind of the beholder and not intrinsic to what is beheld.

  8. Irma in Sweden

    This site boring????? It is one of the most interesting sites there is!I learn so much by every posting and find that the variations in plantlife and that plants not always have to be gaudy to be interesting. This posting is proof of that. Best of luck to Alexis!

  9. Elizabeth Revell

    Perhaps the poor soul needs to define what he means by “boring”. It would certainly be more constructive …
    Anyway, not all plants and their associations are dramatic – we all need a bit of subtlety in our lives, and it’s the background information you give us that provides the sometimes quiet drama. You have to wonder how someone decided that putting roasted leaves on one’s head would relieve vertigo!

  10. phillip

    …Ed Shirey..boring..?..from a person whose most excitment is watching paint dry and shooing flies off his face..?..follow the link..dink..you’ll be gone..!
    ..PS..Daniel can lock out and block any subscribers..I’ve been a bad
    boy before, and was given one warning..I’m a good boy
    now..er..sometimes..

  11. elizabeth a airhart

    we are really are nice people alexis hang in there
    daniel garden magazine has a lovely layout on the
    moss gardens of kyoto thank you

  12. Alice

    I love this site and I love that you are using work-study students. As a former university administrator, I feel that giving students the ability to contribute in this manner is exemplary, both on your part and theirs. Pity the person who doesn’t understand and support the premise. Great site! Great student work! Wonderful, just wonderful!

  13. Deb Lievens

    Iris, I really meant that readers shouldn’t believe this website is boring. I love it!

  14. Anne

    Fascinating info on the cancer research! Thanks for the info.

  15. Terri Clark-Kveton

    You really have to wonder why a certain bored cretin finds it necessary to make a public statement of asking to be removed rather than simply following the instructions on how to do so. Do we detect a possible “personality problem”? What a moron!

  16. elizabeth a airhart

    i need to make a correction daniel -sorry
    tis garden design magazine april with the moss gardens
    in kyoto japan -bon jour

  17. Me

    The little flowers are so pretty, does anyone know how they smell?

  18. Douglas Findley

    In a world of disastors, rediculous politics, and scantily clad celebri-bots, this wonderful email list is like a zen garden to me. It’s not all about pretty flowers, although there are many to be seen here. I love it just the way it is.

  19. Barbara Lamb

    This site is a treasure in so many ways, not the least of which is the tactful way Daniel handles detractors. That’s as much of a lesson for me as the fascinating botanical information.

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