Benzoin strychnifolium (Siebold & Zucc.) Kuntze
Daphnidium strychnifolium Siebold & Zucc.
Laurus aggregata Sims
Lindera alongensis Lecomte
Lindera eberhardtii Lecomte
Lindera playfairii (Hemsl.) C.K.Allen
Lindera strychnifolia (Siebold & Zucc.) Fern.-Vill.
Litsea playfairii Hemsl.
Neolitsea playfairii (Hemsl.) Chun
Photograph by: KENPEI
Photograph by: KENPEI
Cultivated plant in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Hong Kong
Photograph by: Daderot
Lindera aggregata is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to about 5 metres tall. The bole can be 4cm in diameter[
The tree is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Philippines.
Shrub thickets along mountainsides[
]. Sunny mountain slopes, valleys, sparse forests and thickets;
at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres in China[
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Planted in gardens in the warmer areas of Japan, plants are hardy outdoors in Tokyo if they are protected from cold winds[
Requires a lime-free rather moist soil[
]. Prefers partial shade or dappled sunlight in a fertile moisture-retentive soil enriched with leaf mould[
Plants can be pruned right back to the base if required, though any drastic pruning is best spread over several seasons[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms must be grown if seed is required.
The fruit is diuretic and vermicidal[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of abdominal distension, menstrual pain, stomach chills, dysuria, oedema, fungal infections, scabies and worms[
The seed is febrifuge[
The root is anodyne, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, stomachic and tonic[
]. It is used with ginseng (Panax spp.), liquorice (Glycyrrhiza spp) and lignaloes (the report does not say what this is) to form a famous Chinese sedative[
]. The root s used in the treatment of menstrual pain, enuresis, frequent micturition and distension with pain of the lower abdomen[
The fruits, leaves, and roots may yield an essential oil[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. The seed has a short viability and should not be allowed to dry out[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame[
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