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Useful Tropical Plants

Gynura japonica

(Thunb.) Juel.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Cacalia pinnatifida Lour.

Cacalia segetum Lour.

Gynura aurita C.Winkl.

Gynura flava Hayata

Gynura pinnatifida (Lour.) DC.

Gynura segetum (Lour.) Merr.

Gynura vaniotii H.Lév.

Kleinia japonica (Thunb.) Less.

Senecio japonicus Thunb.

Common Name:

Gynura japonica
Drawing of the leaves and flowers
Photograph by: Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini
Public domain

General Information

Gynura japonica is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing stems 60 - 100cm or more tall from a thick, tuber-shaped rootstock. The erect stems are usually woody at their base[
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 medicinal use.

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, Japan, Nepal, Thailand.

Habitat

Fertile and moist grassy areas, small shrub thickets by ditches and streams[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
]. Valleys, grassy slopes, forests, forest margins at elevations of 1,200 - 3,000 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 *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is anticoagulant, depurative, febrifuge and styptic[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
]. It stimulates the circulation[
147
Title
A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Running Press; Philadelphica.
Year
1977
ISBN
0-914294-92-X
Description
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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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