Ziziphus talanai

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Ziziphus talanai
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Ziziphus
Z. talanai
Binomial name
Ziziphus talanai

Ziziphus talanai, with common names are balakat, aligamen, and talanai, is a species of tree in the family Rhamnaceae.


Ziziphus talanai is endemic to Luzon and Visayas, in the Philippines,[1] The tree is found in the Philippinean Limestone Forest ecoregion.[2] Its [3]


In Antique Province, its bark is used medicinally for diseases from ringworm to urinary tract infections. Studies have shown that the bark does indeed have antimicrobial properties.[4]

The city of Mabalacat in Pampanga Province was named after it in 1712, using the indigenous Negrito word mabalacat meaning "forest of balakat."


  1. ^ a b World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Ziziphus talanai Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 24 August 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.terrestrial-biozones.net/Paleotropic%20Vegetation/Philippinean%20Vegetation.pdf
  3. ^ Zizipuz talanai Worldagroforestrycentre.org, Retrieved on 6 November 2007.
  4. ^ Anas, A. R. J.; Villaseñor, I. M.; Matsuura, H.; Okino, T. (2009). "Anti-Mycobacterium phlei activity of the bark of Ziziphus talanai (Blanco) Merrill". Philippine Agricultural Scientist. 92 (4): 388–391. ISSN 0031-7454.