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Useful Temperate Plants

Ligustrum expansum

Rehder

Oleaceae


Many of the entries in this record were for Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Blume; all the entries in this record refer to a species growing in China. We are following the treatment of Qin, X.K. (See Qin, X.K. (2009). A new system of Ligustrum (Oleaceae) Acta Botanica Yunnanica 31: 97-116) which says that Ligustrum robustum is not found in China and that the subspecies that has previously been recorded as growing there (Ligustrum robustum subsp. chinense P.S.Green) is correctly identified as Ligustrum expansum[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Ligustrum robustum chinense P.S.Green

Ligustrum purpurascens Y.C.Yang

Ligustrum thibeticum Decne.

Common Name: Small-leaved Kuding Cha

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General Information

Ligustrum expansum is a deciduous shrub or a small tree usually growing from 1 - 10 metres tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
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This species is the major source of 'small-leaved kuding cha', a popular health promoting tea drunk in some regions of China.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), northern Vietnam

Habitat

Woods and along streams in montane regions; at elevations from 400 - 2,000 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

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HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

A tea is made from the leaves. A bitter flavour, it is a popular drink in parts of China where it is seen as mentally refreshing and health-promoting[
2071
Title
The large-leaved Kudingcha (Ilex latifolia Thunb and Ilex kudingcha C.J. Tseng): a traditional Chinese tea with plen
Publication
J Nat Med (2013) 67:425-437
Author
Li L. et al
Website
http://10.1007/s11418-013-0758-z
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
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2074
Title
Preventive Effect of Small-Leaved Kuding Tea (Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Bl.) Polyphenols on D-Galactose-Induced Oxi
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2019, Article ID 3152324, 13 pages
Author
Liu B. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3152324
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. The leaves are a rich source of various bioactive compounds and when the tea is drunk regularly it can have a positive regulatory action upon several body processes[
2074
Title
Preventive Effect of Small-Leaved Kuding Tea (Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Bl.) Polyphenols on D-Galactose-Induced Oxi
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2019, Article ID 3152324, 13 pages
Author
Liu B. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3152324
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The leaves are antibacterial, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, diuretic. Studies have indicated that a tea made from the leaves can have a variety of beneficial actions on the body, such as dispersing heat and resolving toxins, lowering and regulating blood-cholesterol levels, reducing high blood pressure, helping in weight control[
2074
Title
Preventive Effect of Small-Leaved Kuding Tea (Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Bl.) Polyphenols on D-Galactose-Induced Oxi
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2019, Article ID 3152324, 13 pages
Author
Liu B. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3152324
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The leaves contain various bioactive components, including polyphenols, flavonoids, amino acids, caffeine, essential oils, and trace elements. In particular, the polyphenol content is as high as 6%, and thus, a tea made from the leaves is viewed as a health product[
2074
Title
Preventive Effect of Small-Leaved Kuding Tea (Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Bl.) Polyphenols on D-Galactose-Induced Oxi
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2019, Article ID 3152324, 13 pages
Author
Liu B. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3152324
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
Research has suggested that through its antioxidant action and other body function regulating activities, regular consumption of the tea can slow down the aging process, leading to a longer, healthier life[
2074
Title
Preventive Effect of Small-Leaved Kuding Tea (Ligustrum robustum (Roxb.) Bl.) Polyphenols on D-Galactose-Induced Oxi
Publication
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2019, Article ID 3152324, 13 pages
Author
Liu B. et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3152324
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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