Disporopsis aspersa is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from a creeping, fleshy rhizomatous rootstock around 3 - 11mm thick. The arching stems are usually 10 - 40cm tall, occasionally to 90cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
E. Asia - southeast China (Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan)
Forests, shady places along valleys or streams at elevations of 700 - 2900 metres[
Disporopsis aspersa is native to the warm temperate to subtropical climate of southeastern China. It is likely to be not very cold tolerant, but should experience light frosts.
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[