Uncaria callophylla Blume ex Korth.

Last updated: 1 September 2015

Scientific Name

Uncaria callophylla Blume ex Korth.


Uncaria avenia Valeton, Uncaria jasminiflora Wall. ex Hook.f., Uncaria jasminiflora var. macrophylla King & Gamble, Uncaria luzoniensis Merr., Uncaria wrayi King, Uruparia callophylla (Blume ex Korth.) Kuntze, Uruparia jasminiflora (Wall. ex Hook.f.) Kuntze. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar kelawit, akar kelait (Borneo) [2]
English Hook vine [2].

Geographical Distributions

Uncaria callophylla is found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Borneo. [3]

U. callophylla can be cultivated in areas with high rainfall throughout the year. Usually it grows well at altitudes of 0-200 m but cultivation up to 1000 m is possible. [3]

Botanical Description

U. callophylla is a member of the family Rubiaceae. It is a woody forest climber with slender 4-angled branches, differing from Uncaria gambir especially in the leathery leaves, which domatia hairy is lacking, and smaller heads. The product is inferior to 'true' gambier. [3]


No documentation.

Chemical Constituent

No documentation.

Plant Part Used

No documentation.

Traditional Use

No documentation.

Preclinical Data

No documentation.

Clinical Data

No documentation.


No documentation.

Poisonous Management

No documentation.

Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of U. callophylla [3]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Uncaria callophylla Blume ex Korth. [homepage on the Internet]. c2003. [updated on 2012 Mar 23; 2015 Sep 4]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-209764
  2. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms and etymology; Volume V R-Z. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. Pp 670-671
  3. Jukema J, Wulijarni-Soetjipto N, Lemmens RHMJ, Hildebrand JW. Uncaria callophylla Blume ex Korth. In: Lemmens RHMJ, Wulijarni-Soetjipto N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 3: Dye and tannin-producing plants. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Pudoc, 1991; p. 140.