Cyclea barbata Miers

Last updated: 11 May 2015

Scientific Name

Cyclea barbata Miers


Cyclea ciliata Craib, Cyclea wallichii Diels [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Cincau [2]
China Mao ye lun huan teng [3]
Indonesia Cincau (General); camcauh (Sundanese); camcao (Javanese) [2]; tjinjau [3] chinchau, juju, kepleng, krotok, tara wulu [4]
Thailand Krung khamao (Peninsular); krung badan (South-eastern) [2]
Vietnam D[aa]y s[aa]m, s[aa]m l[oo]ng [2]

Geographical Distributions

Cyclea barbata is found in India (Assam), Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Thailand, Simeuluë, islands in the Sunda Strait and Java. Occasionally, it is cultivated up to 1100 m altitude. [2]

C. barbata occurs in forests including teak forests and bamboo forests, and in grasslands with scrub vegetation sometimes on limestone. [2]

Botanical Description

C. barbata falls under the family of Menispermaceae. It is a slender, herbaceous or woody climber that can reach up to 8 m long. [2]

The stem is hispid when young but becomes smooth later. [2]

The leaves are ovate, deltoid-ovate or broadly ovate, measure up to 17.5 cm long and hairy below. The petiole is up to 6.5 cm long and hispid. [2]

The male flowers are with a hairy sepal and connate petals while the female flowers are tightly crowded in the nearly globular heads and with hairy carpels. [2]

The fruit is covered with soft hairs. [2]

The root is fleshy, thick and long, pale brown outside and whitish or yellowish inside. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of C. barbata Miers [2]


  1. Cyclea barbata Miers [homepage on the Internet]. St. Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden; c2015 [cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Lemmens RHMJ, Horsten SFAJ. 1999. Cyclea barbata Miers In: de Padua LS, Bunyapraphatsara N, Lemmens RHMJ, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(1): Medicinal and poisonous plants 1. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 1999; p. 221-222.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology (5 Volume set). Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 1261.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 236.