Stephania japonica (Thunb.) Miers

Last updated: 27 Aug 2015

Scientific Name

Stephania japonica (Thunb.) Miers


Menispermum japonicum Thunb., Stephania japonica var. japonica [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Tape vine [2]
China Qian jin teng [2]
India Akalandi, akandi, akanadi milagaranai-ikkodi, booing, chhotopard, duvvathige, kanadi, khaarkha, kharkha, lampoktong, mologaranai kodi, molakaranaikkoti, nimukha, patakilannu, patalphul, patha, rajpatha, renriang, tamarki, thallikodi, thangga-uri-angangha, thangga-uri-angouba, thuppu-ki-lota, tubukilota [2]
Indonesia Areuy geureung (Sundanese); kepleng (Javanese); ginato bobudo (Moluccas) [3][4]
Thailand Kon pit (Central);pang pon (Northern); tap tao (Peninsular) [3][4]
Philippines Malabuta (Igorot); maratugi (Iloko); kuren (Ibanag) [3]
Vietnam Thi[ee]n kim d[awf]ng, d[aa]y l[ox]i ti[eef]n [3][4]
Japan Hasu-no-ha-kazura , yama-kanda [2]
Bangladesh Tung-na-hway [2].

Geographical Distributions

Stephania japonica is distributed in Nepal, India, Burma (Myanmar), Indo-China, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, throughout Malesia, Northern and Eastern Australia and Polynesia. [2]

S. japonica occurs in secondary forests, regrowths, hedges, thickets and on river banks, also in Nypa swamp, up to 2000 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

S. japonica is a member of the family Menispermaceae. It is a slender climber that can reach up to 10 m long. The stem is herbaceous or thinly woody. [2]

The leaves are broadly triangular-ovate to ovate, and measuring (4-)6-12(-17) cm x 4-10(-14) cm. [2]

The flowers are in an axillary, compound, umbrella-shaped cyme, which is sessile or sub­sessile. [2]

The red fruit is sessile or subsessile while the endocarp is dorsally with 4 rows of processes. [2]

The root is tuberous. [2]


No documentation.

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

No documentation.

Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of S. japonica [3]


  1. The Plant List.  Ver1.1. Stephania japonica (Thunb.) Miers [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 Aug 18]. Available from:
  2. 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. 402-403.
  3. Ban NG, Bang BT, Tap N, Chieu N. Stephania japonica (Thunb.) 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 Publishers, 1999; p. 466.
  4. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Malabuta. Stephania japonica (Thumb.) Miers. [homepage on the Internet]. no date [updated 2013 Jun; cited 2015 August 27] Available from: