Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk) A. Rich. ex Walp

Last updated: 28 April 2015

Scientific Name

Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk) A. Rich. ex Walp.


Anthocephalus indicus A. Rich., Anthocephalus cadamba (Roxb.) Miq., Neolamarckia cadamba (Roxb.) Bosser [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Kelempayan (Peninsular); laran (Peninsular, Sabah); selimpoh (Sarawak) [1]; kelapayan, kelempai, kelepayan, kelumpang, kelumpung, kempoyan, kepayang kayu, lempayang, lempoyan [2]
English Kadam, cadamba, common 1 bur-flower tree [1][3]
China Huang liang mu [3]
India Apaathyada mara, arisina thaega, attuhekku, bale, banphar, beegada, dhaaruja kaare, dieng soalhngpaathi, ethakkaada, kada pode, kadvala, kaduve [2]
Indonesia Jabon (Java); laran (Kalimantan); emajang (Sumatra) [1]
Thailand Krathum, krathum bok, takoo [1]
Laos Koo-somz, sako [1]
Myanmar Mau-Iettan-she, maukadon, yemau [1]
Brunei Bangkal, kaatoan bangkal [1]
Philippines Kaatoan bangkal (General) [1]
Cambodia Thkoow [1]
Vietnam C[aa]y g[as]o, c[af] tom, g[as]o tr[aws]ng [1]
Nepal Kadam [2]
Papua New Guinea Labula [1]
France Kadam [1]

Geographical Distributions

Anthocephalus chinensis is distributed in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Indo-China, southern China, Thailand, eastward through Malaysia to New Guinea. [1]

This plant occurs mainly in secondary vegetation and along rivers on fertile, often periodically flooded locations up to 1000 m altitude. [1]

Botanical Description

A. chinensis comes from the family of Rubiaceae. It is a medium-sized to large tree that can reach up to 45 m tall. [1]

The bole is straight and cylindrical, branchless for more than 25 m, measures up to 100(-160) cm in diametre but generally less, sometimes with small buttresses up to 2 m high and extending up to 60 cm from the trunk. [1]

The leaves are measure 13-32 cm x 7-15 cm, with acute to acuminate apex and distinctly petiolate with a petiole 2.5-6 cm long. [1]

The flower heads are 3-5 cm wide where the upper part of the ovary is distinctly 4-loculed with 4 hollow cartilagineous structures. [1]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of A.chinensis (Lamk) A. Rich. ex Walp. [1]


  1. Sosef MSM. Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk) A. Rich. ex Walp. In: Soerianegara I, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 5(1): Timber trees; Major commercial timbers. Wageningen, Netherlands: Pudoc Scientific Publishers, 1993; p. 107-108.
  2. Umberto Q. CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2012. p. 2622.
  3. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Kaatoan-bangkal. Anthocephalus chinensis (Lamk) A. Rich. ex Walp. [homepage on the Internet] c2014. [updated 2012 August; cited 2015 Apr 28] Available from: