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Useful Tropical Plants

Desmos chinensis

Lour.

Annonaceae

+ Synonyms

Artabotrys esquirolii H.Lév.

Desmos lawii (Hook.f. & Thomson) Saff.

Unona amherstiana Wall. ex A.DC.

Unona biglandulosa Blume

Unona chinensis (Lour.) DC.

Unona discolor Vahl

Unona laevigata Wall.

Unona lessertiana Dunal

Unona monilifera (Gaertn.) DC.

Unona roxburghiana Wall.

Unona undulata Wall.

Uvaria amherstiana (Wall. ex A.DC.) Walp.

Uvaria cordifolia Roxb.

Uvaria discolor (Vahl) Walp.

Uvaria monilifera Gaertn.

Uvaria undulata Roxb.

Uvaria undulata Walp.

Waria zeylanica Aubl.

Common Name:

Desmos chinensis
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Vinayaraj
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General Information

Desmos chinensis is a climbing shrub producing stems up to 4 metres long in China[
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 stems can be 24 metres long in Malaysia[
616
Title
The Flora of the Malay Peninsula
Publication
 
Author
Ridley H.N.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Reeve & Co. Ltd.; London.
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
An early flora of the Malay Peninsula.
]. Up to 40 metres in Borneo[
994
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 64
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
2012
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
A botanical journey containing various articles, including a treatment of the climbing species of Annonaceae in Malaysia.
].
The plant is used locally, being harvested from the wild for its essential oil, fibre, food and medicinal uses. It is also often grown in gardens as an ornamental, valued especially for its fragrant blooms.

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.
,
994
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 64
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
2012
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
A botanical journey containing various articles, including a treatment of the climbing species of Annonaceae in Malaysia.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines.

Habitat

Wastelands and thickets in valleys at elevations of 100 - 500 metres in southern China[
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.
]. Open country and borders of woods and thickets at elevations up to 540 metres[
616
Title
The Flora of the Malay Peninsula
Publication
 
Author
Ridley H.N.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Reeve & Co. Ltd.; London.
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
An early flora of the Malay Peninsula.
].

Properties

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Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained soil[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
]. Prefers a position in some shade.

Edible Uses

The fruits are used as a pepper-like condiment (Piper nigrum) to flavour food[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The leaves are used in brewing liquor in southern China[
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.
,
616
Title
The Flora of the Malay Peninsula
Publication
 
Author
Ridley H.N.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Reeve & Co. Ltd.; London.
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
An early flora of the Malay Peninsula.
].

Medicinal

The roots and leaves are used medicinally[
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.
].

A decoction of the roots is used in the treatment of dysentery[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

The bast fibres are used for cordage[
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.
].

An essential oil obtained from the fragrant flowers is used in perfumery[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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