Botanical Name: Disporopsis aspersa
Synonyms: Aulisconema aspersa Hua
Habitat: is native to E. Asia – western China in Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan Provinces.It grows in forests, shady places along valleys or streams at elevations of 700 – 2900 metres.
Disporopsis aspersa is a perennial plant, growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). Leaves are alternate; petiole 5–12 mm; leaf blade ovate-lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, 3–9 × 1–5 cm, base usually slightly cordate to truncate, apex acuminate to attenuate-acuminate. Bracts absent.
It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).Flowers are solitary or paired; pedicel 1–1.4 cm. Perianth yellowish green, ± spotted with blackish lilac, (8–)10–14 mm; tube 3–5 mm, not constricted; lobes suboblong, 7–10 × 3–4 mm. Corona lobes alternate to perianth lobes, lanceolate, 3–4 mm, membranous, apex ± 2-cleft. Anthers attached at corona lobe sinus, ca. 1 mm. Ovary ovoid-globose, 2–3 mm. Style equaling ovary. Berries blue-purple at maturity, subglobose, ca. 8 mm in diam., 2–4-seeded.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Propagation: Through seeds.
Edible Uses: Not known to us.
The rhizome is tonic. It is used in Vietnam in the treatment of general debility, persistent fever, hyperhidrosis, night sweats, polyuria, spermatorrhoea, dry cough and thirst. The rhizome is harvested in the late summer when the fruit forms, and is dried for later use.
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