Kadsura scandens (Blume) Blume

Last updated: 29 June 2015

Scientific Name

Kadsura scandens (Blume) Blume


Kadsura cauliflora Blume, Sarcocarpon scandens Blume, Schisandra ovalifolia P.Parm [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Belabar, akar dama-dama, kerukol akar, kepala patong [2][3]
English Ulcer sucker [3]
Indonesia Mendulai (Palembang); hunyur buut, ki lembur (Sundanese); aka pelian, aka pelian apui, aka tisip lanak [2][3].

Geographical Distributions

Kadsura scandens were found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java and Balit in humid lowland to montane forests from sea-level up to 2400 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

K. scandens is a member of the Schisandraceae family. It is a plant with unisexual flowers, woody liana up to 25 m long. [2]

The leaves are alternate, simple, and elliptical to egg-shaped with entire margin. The texture of the leaf is papery to leathery with prominent leaf venation. [2]

The flowers are usually solitary in axils of leaves or in axils of fugaceous bracts, occasionally with the flowers borne on the trunk, unisexual, fragrant with pedicel (4-)8-42(-70) mm long; floral leaves segments (7-)11-18, ovate to elliptical. The male flowers are with 24-52 stamens and pink to dark red, closely appressed in a nearly spherical to ellipsoid stamen, 4-6 mm in diametre, connectives broad with back-lateral thecae, while the female flowers with 50-82(-11-6) carpels, pistil 5-6.5 mm in diameter. [2]

The fruit is a spherical aggregate, about 5 cm in diametre, consisting of 40-100 sessile berries. The fruit wall is greatly thickened distally, ripening red. [2]

The seeds are 1-2 per berry, pear-shaped, discoid or kidney-shaped, approximately (4.5-) 5.5-8.5(-10) mm x (4-)5-9(-11) mm. [2]


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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of K. scandens. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Kadsura scandens (Blume) Blume [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 26; cited 2015 June 29]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2335495
  2. van Valkenburg JLCH, Horsten SFAJ. Kadsura scandens (Blume) Blume In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher, 2001; p. 320-322
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of plant names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 652.