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Alangium chinense - (Lour.)Harms.
Common Name
Family Alangiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Upland thickets in W. China[147]. Open places around villages at elevations of 300 - 2400 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - India to C. China
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun


Alangium chinense

Alangium chinense
Physical Characteristics
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Alangium chinense is an evergreen Tree growing to 8 m (26ft 3in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen from Aug to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

A begoniifolia. Marlea begoniifolia. Stylidium chinense.

Woodland Garden Secondary;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

None known
Medicinal Uses

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Blood tonic;  Carminative;  Contraceptive.

This plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs[218]. The roots and the stems are a blood tonic, carminative and contraceptive[147]. They are used in the treatment of rheumatism, numbness, traumatic injuries, wounds and snakebites[147]. A decoction of the leafy shoots is said to be tonic[218]. A paste of the roots is applied to the area around dislocated bones to help them setting[272]. The shoot, rootbark and whole plant are all used medicinally[218].
Other Uses

An oil extracted from the seeds is used for lighting lamps[272].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Requires full sun and a sheltered position[200]. Not very frost tolerant[200], this species is likely to be on the borderlines of hardiness even if obtained from its higher provenances[11]. However, although the top growth will be killed back in all but the mildest winters, the plant will usually resprout from the base in the spring and will usually flower in the summer[245]. These flowers are sweetly scented[245]. This species is closely related to A. platinifolium[200]. Although a fair sized tree in its native habitat, it is unlikely to make more than a shrub more than 2 metres tall in Britain[245]. It does not require pruning[245].
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in early summer and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[200].

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Elizabeth H.
Dr. T. N. Shivananda Mon May 29 2006
I have gone through this web page and gives very useful information on Alangium. I am very much impressed about the information on medicinal preperties and propagation techniques. Dr. T. N. Shivananda Sr. Scientist Indian Inst. Horticultural Research Bangalore 560 089 INDIA
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Dr. H.N.Shivaprasad Fri Dec 15 2006
Information provided by this web page on Alangium chinense is impressive and very informative Dr. H.N.Shivaprasad Asst. Manager - R & D Natural Remedies Pvt Ltd Bangalore-560100
Elizabeth H.
Dr Brijesh Kumar Tiwari Sat Mar 17 2007
i am very much happy to see this web page providing the information about cultivavation and collection of Alangium chinensis
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nicholas muema Tue Sep 30 2008
Am very happy with this information. The olant is growing everywhwre but no one is aware that it is this valuable
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