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Useful Tropical Plants

Arcangelisia flava

(L.) Merr.

Menispermaceae


Plants from southern China, formerly treated as part of this species, are now recognised as distinct and treated under Arcangelisia gusanlung H.S.Lo [
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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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+ Synonyms

Anamirta flavescens (Lam.) Miq.

Anamirta florescens Müll.Berol

Anamirta lactuosa Miers

Anamirta lemniscata Miers

Anamirta loureiroi Pierre

Arcangelisia inclyta Becc.

Arcangelisia lemniscata (Miers.) Becc.

Arcangelisia loureiroi (Pierre) Diels

Menispermum flavum L.

Common Name:

Arcangelisia flava
Leaves
Photograph by: VanLap Hoàng
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General Information

Arcangelisia flava is a vigorous, climbing shrub producing twining stems up to 20 metres long and 5cm in diameter near their base[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A popular medicinal plant in parts of Asia, where it is often harvested from the wild for local use. The stems are sold for medicinal use in local markets[
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Known Hazards

The fruit is possibly used as a fish poison[
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Botanical References

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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea.

Habitat

Forests at elevations up to 1,000 metres, sometimes near river banks and sometimes on imestone soils[
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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A popular medicinal plant in parts of Asia, where it is often harvested from the wild for local use. The pharmacological effects of the plant are largely attributable to the alkaloid berberine, which is present in concentrations of up to 5% in the stem (dry weight). Berberine has been fairly well investigated and has been shown to be active against a number of gram-positive as well as gram-negative bacteria[
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Berberine has also been shown to be a potent activator for macrophages; to induce inhibition of tumour cells; and to lower the blood pressure in a dose-dependent manner[
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The stems are antibacterial, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic and tonic[
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]. A decoction is taken internally as a treatment for jaundice, worms, indigestion and other intestinal complaints[
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The plant is a popular antiseptic in the Philippines, where a decoction of the wood is used to clean wounds, ulcers and other skin irritations[
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The smoke from the burning wood is inhaled as a remedy for troubles of the mucous membrane of the nose and mouth[
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The sap which flows abundantly from cut stems is drunk as a treatment against fever and sprue[
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The flowers are used to treat dysentery[
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Other Uses

A yellow dye is extracted from the woody stem[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Propagation

Seed -
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