Scientific Name: Blechum pyramidatum. Root Word:: pyramidatum = pyramid- shaped. Vernacular: Yerbas Babui, Synonym: Blechum brownei. Blechum pyramidatum (Lam.) Urb. Taxonomic Serial No.: Reference for: Blechum pyramidatum. Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version. Sapin-sapin, Blechum pyramidatum (Lam.) Urban, BROWNE’S BLECHUM – Herbal Medicine – An illustrated compilation of Philippine medicinal plants by Dr .

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Blechum pyramidatum (PROSEA) – PlantUse English

Botany Sapin-sapin is an erect or ascending herb. Stems are often prostrate and rooting below, about 20 to 50 centimeters long and sparingly hairy or nearly smooth. Leaves are thin, ovate, 5 to 10 centimeters long, margins entire or nearly so, pointed at the tip, and widened at the base.

Flowers are small, purple or white, and borne in spike-like, terminal inflorescences, occurring mostly in pairs, each pair subtended by a leaf-like, ovate, persistent, 1 to 1. Calyx is 4 to 5 millimeters long, hairy, slightly curved, and divided into 5 linear lobes.


Corolla is tubular, hairy, slightly curved, about 1. Capsule is ovoid, somewhat compressed and about 6 millimeters long.

Distribution – Common in waste places, in open thickets, on and about old walls, in and around towns at low altitudes throughout the Philippines. Constituents – Ethyl acetate fraction yielded five compounds: Properties – Antiblennorrhagic, vulnerary.

Parts used Entire plant, leaves. Uses Folkloric – Entire plant in decoction is used as an antiblenorrhagic. Used for coughs, bleeding, chills, and fever. Luciaplant is a constituent of a herbal tea, sangwigiven to stroke patients.

Blechum pyramidatum

Study showed Blechum pyramidatum did not possess significant phytotoxic effect. The negative effects against coffee might be competition for water and nutrients. Study reports on a previously unidentified begomovirus associated with yellow vein disease in Blechum pyramidatum. Study reports on a patent application for an invention of an herbal adjuvant intended for the treatment of diabetes and related diseases, based on Blechum pyramidatum aerial parts leaves, bracts, flowers and fruits.


In Mexico, antidiabetic and anticancer preparations from this plant have been patented. This study sought to identify and characterize the glucosidase inhibitors from the species. Bioassay-guided fractionation of a crude extract isolated pyramidatym main-glucosidase inhibitor, Palmitic acid IC50 Study supports the antidiabetic use of the plant in traditional medicine.

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