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aka Waxy Leaf
(Breynia fruticosa)
[mei miàn yè]

A shrub native to southeast Asia, the Pacific islands, and Australia. Leaves are alternate and simple; flowers are axillary without petals, usually solitary (although male flowers are sometimes found in clusters) and with a 3-celled ovary; fruit is a berry.

PROPAGATION: Greenwood cuttings and root cuttings.
NEEDS: Grown as an ornamental and as a hedge in the south; a greenhouse plant in the north.
PART USED: Leaf, stem, root

The leaf has been used in Asian medicine in decoction form as an antiseptic for sores; also used for bruises and syphilis.
Young branches with the leaves have been used for abscesses, weeping sores, swellings, and as a antidote to lacquer poisoning.
The root is steeped with fermented rice and used as a lactagogue and for bruises and syphilis.

©2004 by Ernestina Parziale, CH