Stephania capitata (Blume) Spreng.

Last updated: 18 Aug 2015

Scientific Name

Stephania capitata (Blume) Spreng.


Clypea capitata Blume (unresolved) [1]

Vernacular Name

Indonesia Areuy geureung, areuy camcau minyak (Sundanese); sumpat kendi (Javanese) [2]

Geographical Distributions

Stephania capitata is distributed in Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali and Borneo. [2]

S. capitata is generally occurs scattered in forest on plains and mountains up to 2000 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

S. capitata is a member of the family Menispermaceae. It is a slender woody climber that can reach up to measure 15 m long. [2]

The leaves are lance-shaped to broadly ovate in shape and measure about 6-17 cm x 2.5-10.5(-14) cm. [2]

The flowers are in peduncled capitula which are on a short axillary axis and sessile. [2]

The fruit is on a slender stalk and red in colour while the dorsally endocarp is with 4 rows of capitate projections. [2]

The root is tuberous and spindle-shaped. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

No documentation.

Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

No documentation.

Preclinical Data

No documentation.

Clinical Data

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No documentation.

Poisonous Management

No documentation.

Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of S. capitata [2]


  1. The Plant List.  Ver1.1. Stephania capitata (Blume) Spreng.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Aug 18]. Available from:
  2. Ban NG, Bang BT, Tap N, Chieu N. Stephania capitata (Blume) Sprengel 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.