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Useful Tropical Plants

Kadsura coccinea

(Lem.) A.C.Sm.

Schisandraceae

+ Synonyms

Cosbaea coccinea Lem.

Kadsura ananosma Kerr

Kadsura calophylla A.C.Sm.

Kadsura cavaleriei H.Lév.

Kadsura chinensis Hance ex Benth.

Kadsura chinensis annamensis Gagnep.

Kadsura hainanensis Merr.

Schisandra hanceana Baill.

Common Name:

Kadsura coccinea
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: A.C.Smith; Sargentia Vol VII, 1947
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General Information

Kadsura coccinea is an evergreen, climbing plant with woody stems
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

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.
,
1013
Title
Sargentia Vol VII
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Arnold Arboretum; Massachusetts
Year
1947
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this volume has a treatment of the families of Illiciaceae and Scisandraceae
,
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam.

Habitat

Found in a wide variety of habitats, often rather disturbed, including hillside slopes and ravines, semi-open shrubland and forests; usually at elevations from 400 - 1,400 metres, but sometimes descending to 200 metres or ascending to 1,900 metres[
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height0.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a position in semi-shade[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
]. Requires a sheltered position in a moderately fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil200].
Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
].
Plants do not really require pruning[
219
Title
Gardening on Walls
Publication
 
Author
Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V.
Publisher
Collins
Year
1983
ISBN
0-00-219220-0
Description
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
].
Plants can be monoecious or dioecious. When dioecious, both, male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
182
Title
Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Publication
 
Author
Thomas. G. S.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1992
ISBN
0-7195-5043-2
Description
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
,
1013
Title
Sargentia Vol VII
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Arnold Arboretum; Massachusetts
Year
1947
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this volume has a treatment of the families of Illiciaceae and Scisandraceae
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
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.
,
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses
]. A sweet flavour[
1013
Title
Sargentia Vol VII
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Arnold Arboretum; Massachusetts
Year
1947
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this volume has a treatment of the families of Illiciaceae and Scisandraceae
]. The red to dark purple, aggregate fruit can be 6 - 10cm or more in diameter, made up of 50 - 60 or more individual fruits[
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.
,
1013
Title
Sargentia Vol VII
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Arnold Arboretum; Massachusetts
Year
1947
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this volume has a treatment of the families of Illiciaceae and Scisandraceae
].

Medicinal

The roasted fruit is a hypnotic and sedative[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
,
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.
,
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses
].

The seed is aphrodisiac, pectoral and tonic[
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
,
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
,
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.
].

The roots and stems are used for treating gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroenteritis, rheumatism, lumbago, dysmenorrhea, and for improving blood circulation[
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses
].

The leaves are used to treat eczema[
1014
Title
Monograph of Kadsura (Schisandraceae)
Publication
Systematic Botany Monographs Vol. 54
Author
Saunders R.M.K.
Publisher
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists; Michigan
Year
1998
ISBN
0-912861-54-1
Description
A detailed monograph of the genus Kadsura, mentioning plant uses
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a nursery seedbed.. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on until they are large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel. Good percentage[
78
Title
Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
Publication
 
Author
Sheat. W. G.
Publisher
MacMillan and Co
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
].
Layering of long shoots in the autumn[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

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