Dendrocnide stimulans (L.f.) Chew

Last updated: 13 May 2015

Scientific Name

Dendrocnide stimulans (L.f.) Chew


Dendrocnide costata Miq., Dendrocnide stenophylla (Quisumb.) Chew, Laportea annamica Gagnep., Laportea costata (Miq.) Miq., Laportea hainanensis Merr. & F.P. Metcalf, Laportea stenophylla Quisumb., Laportea stimulans (L. f.) Miq., Laportea thorelii Gagnep., Urtica stimulans L. f., Urticastrum costatum (Miq.) Kuntze, Urticastrum stimulans (L. f.) Kuntze [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Jelatang gajah, jelatang api, daun gatal (Peninsular) [2][3], jelatang bulang, langtang chang, rumpai [4]
English Nettle tree [2], elephant nettle tree [3]
China Hai nan huo shu ma [3]
Indonesia Jalatong pulus (Sundanese); kemaduh sapi (Javanese); jelatang kayu (Sumatra) [2][3]; putus, putus jalatong [4]
Thailand Tamyae chaang (Central); saam kaeo (Peninsular); haan duea (Northern) [2][3]; tam ye [4]
Vietnam M[as]n nam, han t[is]m [2] han la dai [3]

Geographical Distributions

Dendrocnide stimulans is found in Southern China, Indo-China, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Sulawesi, Borneo, the Philippines and Taiwan. [2]

D. stimulans can be found in primary and secondary forest on sandy and loamy soils, from sea-level up to 1200 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

D. stimulans comes from the family of Urticaceae. It is a unisexual flowered tree measuring up to 7 m tall. The branches are rather widespread with light bark grey, lenticellate and the twigs without irritant hairs. [2]

The leaves are elliptical to obovate, measure (12-)15-30(-40) cm x (4-)6-10(-14) cm, base is wedge-shaped, rounded or notched at the extremity, apex is acuminate, margin usually entire, irritant hairs present supported by (2-)5-10(-15) cm long stalk and irritant hairs present with 0.8-2 cm long at stipules. They are hairy when young. [2]

The raceme is branched, usually solitary, measures 10-55 cm long, bracteolate with 2-10-flowers at fascicles. [2]

The male flowers are sessile, measures 1-2 mm long, slightly hairy, filaments abruptly bent whereas female flowers are sessile and slightly sunken in a row of fleshy receptacles. The elongated flattened strap-shaped stigma measures 5 mm long. [2]

A small dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit is asymmetrical, measures 2-4 mm x 2-4 mm, flattened and smooth to warty. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of D. stimulans (L.f.) Chew [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Dendrocnide stimulans (L.f.) Chew[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 May 07]. Available from:
  2. van Valkenburg JLCH. Dendrocnide stimulans (L.f.) Chew In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2001. p. 219-220.
  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. 1357-1358.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 257.