Leea manillensis

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Leea rubra
Leea rubra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Vitales
Family: Leeaceae
Genus: Leea (plant)
Species: manillensis
Binomial name
Leea manillensis

Leea manillensis or abang-abang, also known as kaliatan or taliatan, is a plant of the Leeaceae family. It is distributed in every part of South and Southeast Asia. Leea manillensis is usually seen at low to medium altitudes throughout the Philippines.



Leea manillensis is a smooth shrub or small tree that grows from 3-6 meters in height. The leaves are basically quite bigger from other small trees which grows from 50-80 centimeters in length while the leaflets are elliptic-ovate to oblong-lanceolate in shape, toothed margin, pointed tip and rounded or to some extent pointed at the base, more or less measures 6-15 centimeters long. Flowers are borne in a large cymes, growing up to 50 centimeters in diameter which are five-parted approximately 3 millimeters long. The fruit of Leea manillensis has a dark red color, depressed-globose and approximately 8 millimeters in diameter.

Habitat and Distribution

Leea manillensis is suited to tropical or subtropical climates. It is a shade-tolerant plant at some stage of its life cycle that put up a wide range of soil conditions. Leea manillensis produces viable seeds with a minimum generative time of almost 1-3 years.


Decoction of the roots, branches and leaves of this plant are used in treating wounds or cure of external injuries. Leea manillensis is considered vulnerary or remedy.


  • "Abang-abang" Bureau of Plant Industry, June 2006. (Accessed on October 5, 2007).
  • Leea guineensis (Accessed on October 5, 2007).
  • Leea (Accessed on October 5, 2007).
  • Leea (Accessed on October 5, 2007).