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Useful Temperate Plants

Siphonostegia chinensis

Benth.

Scrophulariaceae

+ Synonyms

Prismatanthus bartsioides Hook. & Arn.

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Siphonostegia chinensis is an annual to biennial plant growing from a branched rootstock. It produces a single (rarely more), erect, rigid stem that is either unbranched or sparsely branched in the upper part. The plant generally grows 15 - 80cm tall[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as a medicine and cosmetic ingredient, perhaps occasionally also as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
,
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
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 - Russian Far East, China, Japan, Korea.

Habitat

Meadows and grassy slopes in hills and low mountains[
58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
]. Dry mountain slopes, forests, inundated meadows, in stony soils, in pebbly and sandy places in valleys of rivers and lakes; at elevations from 800 - 3,400 metres[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
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

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


We have very little information on this species but it should succeed as a spring-sown annual in much of the temperate zone. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.

Edible Uses

Fruit[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. The seed capsule is about 15mm long and 2.5mm wide[
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.
]. No more details are given.

Medicinal

The stem and leaves are used as a heart stimulant, for the treatment of amenorrhoea and to stop bleeding after wounds[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
].
The plant has traditionally been used to treat icterohepatitis, dysuria, and external bleeding[
1657
Title
The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Siphonostegia chinensis Benth. (Orobanchaceae)
Publication
Mitochondrial DNA Part B 2019, Vol. 4, No. 1, 732-733
Author
Jing Gao et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2018.1564384
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

An extract of the whole plant is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
1243
Title
CosIng
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.
].

Research has shown that the plant contains acteoside, isoacteoside, and crenatoside, and these extracts could be potentially used as new natural active ingredients for whitening cosmetics[
1657
Title
The complete chloroplast genome sequence of Siphonostegia chinensis Benth. (Orobanchaceae)
Publication
Mitochondrial DNA Part B 2019, Vol. 4, No. 1, 732-733
Author
Jing Gao et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2018.1564384
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.
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