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Useful Tropical Plants

Cryptolepis sinensis

(Lour.) Merr.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Aganosma edithae Hance

Cryptolepis edithae (Hance) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Maxim.

Cryptolepis elegans Wall. ex G.Don

Emericia sinensis (Lour.) Schult.

Pergularia sinensis Lour.

Periploca chinensis Spreng.

Periploca sinensis (Lour.) Steud.

Streptocaulon chinense (Spreng.) G.Don

Vallaris sinensis (Lour.) G.Don

Common Name:

Cryptolepis sinensis
Line drawing of the leaves, flowers and seeds
Photograph by: Flora of China Illustrations vol. 16, fig. 157, 1-9
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General Information

Cryptolepis sinensis is a climbing shrub producing stems up to 3 metres long that scramble over the ground and twine into other plants for support[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of a fibre.

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 - China, India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Thickets, forest edges; at elevations from 100 - 800 metres[
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.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The stems and leaves are used externally for the treatment of snake bites, traumatic injury, and scabies[
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.
].

Other Uses

A fine, strong bast fibre, obtained from the inner bark, is used for making ropes[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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