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• 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: •
The family comprises 3 genera and about 50 species found in tropical and eastern Asia, and in Central and South America. The principal genus is Meliosma Blume, which accounts for about 25 species; the other genera are Ophiocaryon Endl. (7 spp.) and Sabia Colebr. (19 spp.). Some authorities segregate Ophiocaryon Endl. and Meliosma Blume into a separate family, namely the Meliosmaceae (Mabberley 2008).
Certain Meliosma Blume species may be found in cultivation as ornamental trees or shrubs (Hunt 1968/70).
- Meliosma philippinensis Merr. & Perry
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- Sabia japonica Maxim.
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 [url] [url-2]
- Hunt P (Ed.) (1968/70) The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Gardening. London: Marshall Cavendish [WorldCat]
- Mabberley DJ (2008) Mabberley's Plant-Book. A portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses, 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
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