Kataka-taka – Scientific name: Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.

English: Life plant
Tagalog: Kataka-taka

A rapid growing juicy herb. Leaves are thick, fleshy and simple or compound in pairs on reddish stems.

Plantlets grow along the notches of the leaf margins which can develop while still attached to the plant or when detached, a fascinating characteristic that earns its name.

Flowers are about 5 cm long, nodding, dangling and bell-shaped, greenish or yellowish, reddish by the stems.

Easily propagated and widely distributed in the Philippines, found in thickets and open places. Also cultivated, flowering from December to March. Probably of prehistoric introduction.

Parts utilized
Entire plant. May be collected year round; preferably used fresh.

Medicinal Uses

  • Pounded fresh material is applied as a poultice for a variety of conditions: Sprains, eczema, infections, burns; carbuncle and erysipelas. Usually not taken internally.
  • For boils, the whole leaf is pressed by hand, to and fro, until it becomes moist with the leaf extract. A small opening is made in the middle of the leaf which is then placed on the boil with hole over the pointing of the abscess.

12 thoughts on “Kataka-taka – Scientific name: Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.

  1. nestor linsangan

    your information is not complete, try to have a complete and very useful information.thanks.

  2. David Chia

    I am looking for scientific name for 小 叶 甘 – it is a climber and a small compound leaves – I have it
    planted at my home – good for making tea . please help – can send you the photo it necessary.

    David Chia
    Kuching Sarawak
    east malaysia

  3. Jenny


    What is the procedure if you have an open wounds ? and also burn? my aunt advise me to heat the leaf first. apply virgin coconut oil on the wounds and cover with the leaf. is that correct? or need to pound the leaves??? I need alternative way of medication because my mom suffer 2nd degree burn and also at her sole foot she have open wounds due to sepsis. thank you so much.


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