Rhamnus longipes Merr. & Chun
Frangula longipes is an erect, deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow up to 8 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in making soap.
Species in this genus contain hydroxyanthracene derivatives which have a stimulant laxative effect upon the body, and many species are used traditionally as laxatives. In small doses, and for short periods, these can be safe and effective, but used over long periods they can weaken the body's natural ability to defecate and can have a range of long-lasting negative effects upon the body, including anaemia, malabsorption, haematuria and weight loss. Large single doses can cause severe purging.
E. Asia - southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, SE Yunnan.)
Dense mountain forests; at elevations from 500 - 1,700 metres[
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The seeds are used for making soap[