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Busak Lemuan
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Ilung Lemuan
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Common Names

Kelabit - Latin
Lemuan - gelsemium elegans (1)


  • Very poisonous. People have been known to commit suicide by eating the raw leaves. All species of Gelsemium contain the alkaloids gelsemin and sempervirin, and intake of these causes strong perspiration followed by faintness and convulsions, ending with respiratory paralysis and death.(1)


  1. Ethnobotany of the Iban & Kelabit by Hanne Christensen