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Family: STEMONACEAE

 Stemona tuberosa

 

Photo from Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Wien Universität.

  
Author:  Joćo de Loureiro 1790
Family:  Stemonaceae
Habitat:  Asia.
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Minimum-Medium
Thickness:  2 centimetres
Height:  5 metres
Flower:  Green and Dark Purple
Reproduction:  Seeds/Dividing of the centre
Pop names:  Bai Bu Shu, หนอนตายหยาก
Synonyms:  Stemona acuta C. H. Wright.

 

Photo from National Institute 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.