Pericampylus glaucus (Lam.) Merr.

Last updated: 30 Jul 2015

Scientific Name

Pericampylus glaucus (Lam.) Merr.


Menispermum glaucum Lam., Pericampylus formosanus Diels, Pericampylus omeiensis W.Y. Lien, Pericampylus trinervatus Yamam. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Gasing gasing, kelempenang (Peninsular); taworuk (Kudat, Sabah) [2]; akar kelempenang, minyak pinyang [3], akar gasing puteh, jekasing, mempenang, ketutu, daun dada kura-kura [4]
English Broad-leaved moonseed [2]
India Havunanji gida [3]
Indonesia Areuy geureung (Sundanese); celuru (Javanese); akar gamat (Moluccas) [2]; jojo, juru, luru, unja-unja, onja-onja, chaunan, cheluru , aroi geureung [4]
Thailand Salit hom kha (Northern); yan tap tao (Peninsular) [2]
Philippines Silong pugo (Tagalog); botang botang (Cebu Bisaya); pamago (Bikol) [2]
Vietnam Ch[aa]u d[ar]o, d[aa]y l[ox]i ti[eef]n [2]
Japan Horai-tsuzura-fuji [3]
Nepal Pipal pati [3].

Geographical Distributions

Pericampylus glaucus is distributed from the eastern Himalayas, Southern China, Taiwan, Indochina, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), southward throughout Malesia. [2]

P. glaucus is found in primary and secondary forests, particularly in clearings and thickets, up to 1700 m altitude, and is locally common. It is a sun loving plant although some shade may be required in the early stages of growth. [2]

Botanical Description

P. glaucus is a member of the Menispermaceae family. It is a slender, woody climber up to 5 m long with unisexual flowers. The young stems are covered with yellowish soft short hairs, becoming hairless with age. [2]

The leaves are simple, arranged alternate and broadly triangular-ovate with a size of 5-10 cm x 5-10 cm. The leaf base is shallowly heart-shaped or truncate while the apex is broadly rounded or obtuse, ending abruptly in a short point. Its margin is broadly and shallowly crenate with veins arising into 5 palmate. The lower surface of the leaf is covered with soft short hairs, while the upper surface is sparsely covered with soft hair. The leaf stalk is about 3-7 cm long and covered with yellowish soft short hairs. The stipules are absent. [2]

The inflorescence arises from the axils. A determinate inflorescence drawn into 2-6 clusters of flowers together in male plants but solitary in female plants with sizes ranging from 2-4 cm long and covered with yellowish soft short hair, furnished with the inflorescence stalk. The flowers are fragrant, white or yellow in colour with 9 sepals, each is 1 mm long with hairy exterior. The 3 outermost sepals are narrow, 3 middle ones are tapering at the base and widest to the apex while 3 inner ones are reverse egg-shaped. The 6 petals are hairless, reverse wedge-shaped, with a size of 0.5mm long. The male flowers have 6 free stamens which are 0.8 mm long, while female flowers have 6 abortive stamens with imperfect anther and hairy stalk including 3 carpels. Its stigma is deeply bifid, curving backward. [2]

The fruit is a hairless drupe, transversely reverse egg-shaped, purple to black in colour. The endocarp is rotund in the outline and ornate with rows of spines and tubercles. [2]

The seed is horse-shoe shaped. [2]

The root is tuberous and measures up to 30 cm in diametre. [2]


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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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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of P. glaucus [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Pericampylus glaucus (Lam.) Merr.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 Jul 28]. Available from:
  2. Ong HC. Pericampylus glaucus (Lamk) Merr. 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. 410-412.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume IV M-Q. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 488.
  4. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute for Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 2. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p.208.