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Useful Tropical Plants

Chloranthus spicatus

(Thunb.) Makino.

Chloranthaceae

+ Synonyms

Chloranthus inconspicuus Sw.

Chloranthus indicus Wight

Chloranthus obtusifolius Miq.

Nigrina spicata Thunb.

Common Name: Charan

Chloranthus spicatus
Pot-grown plant
Photograph by: Neyer
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Chloranthus spicatus Chloranthus spicatus Chloranthus spicatus

General Information

Charan is a small, ascending to spreading, glabrous shrub with fragrant leaves[
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]. It grows up to 1.5 metres tall[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for medicinal use and for its essential oil[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
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.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Japan, Thailand.

Habitat

Forests at elevations of 200 - 1,000 metres[
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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.
].

Properties

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HabitShrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Edible Uses

The fragrant flowers and leaves, both rich in essential oil, are used to flavour tea and are often mixed with tea leaves before drying, to impart their scent. After drying, they are removed[
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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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Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally in China[
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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.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant spreads and canbe used as an aromatic ground cover[
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Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Other Uses

An essential oil can be obtained from the flowers[
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]. It is a yellow to dark amber coloured viscous liquid with a delightfully soft, woody-floral odour, which is valuable for the perfume industry[
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The essential oil blends well with many other oils and is commercially promising[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Propagation

Seed -
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