of Medicinal Materials.
This member of the
Stemonaceae family was described by Joćo de Loureiro in 1790. It is
found in Asia (China, Taiwan, Yunnan, Bangladesh, Cambodia,
North-East India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam),
growing in forest margins, thickets, mountain slopes and trail sides
from 300 to 2300 meters height. Prefers a well-drained soil with
some water and not too much sun. The tuberous roots will grow to two
centimetres in diameter, the few stems will reach for five metres. The few flowers
are green with a dark purple centre. Besides seeds, it can be
reproduced by dividing the roots and probably by stem-cuttings.
An extract from the
roots can be used as an Insecticide.
Also seen as
Roxburghiaceae in IPNI.
A piece of work on Stemona Alkoloids.