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Aristolochia fangchi - Wu.

Common Name Guan Fang Chi
Family Aristolochiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards We have no specific details for this species but most members of this genus have poisonous roots and stems[179]. The plant contains aristolochic acid, this has received rather mixed reports on its toxicity. According to one report aristolochic acid stimulates white blood cell activity and speeds the healing of wounds, but is also carcinogenic and damaging to the kidneys[254]. Another report says that it is an active antitumour agent but is too toxic for clinical use[218]. Another report says that aristolochic acid has anti-cancer properties and can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy and that it also increases the cellular immunity and phagocytosis function of the phagocytic cells[176].
Habitats Dense forests or thickets, on mountain slopes, at elevations of 500 - 1000 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Aristolochia fangchi Guan Fang Chi


Aristolochia fangchi Guan Fang Chi

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Aristolochia fangchi is a CLIMBER. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antirheumatic;  Cytotoxic;  Diuretic.

The root is antirheumatic and diuretic[176]. It is used in the treatment of rheumatic arthritis, lung disorders, oedema and oliguria[176]. The plant contains aristolochic acid, which is an active antitumour agent but is too toxic for clinical use[218]. Aristolochic acid has anti-cancer properties and can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiotherapy[176]. It can also be used in the treatment of acute and serious infections such as TB, hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and infantile pneumonia[176]. It also increases the cellular immunity and phagocytosis function of the phagocytic cells[176].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a well-drained loamy soil, rich in organic matter, in sun or semi-shade[134, 200]. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[134]. Most species in this genus have malodorous flowers that are pollinated by flies[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Pre-soak stored seed for 48 hours in hand-hot water and surface sow in a greenhouse[134]. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 20°c[134]. Stored seed germinates better if it is given 3 months cold stratification at 5°c[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Division in autumn[200]. Root cuttings in winter[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Patricia L. Foste   Sun Jun 18 14:44:34 2000

I want to tell whoever is in charge that they should put severe warnings on the entry for Aristolochia fangchi. The following article just appeared in Science Magazine (the official magazine of the AAAS)

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE:

Herbal Product Linked to Cancer

It tells of people that accidentally took Aristolochia fangchi and came down with cancer of the urinary tract in just 4 years. When I read it I searched the net for more information on the plant and got to your webpage.

This stuff is really dangerous

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