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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2017, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (10): 828-832.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2017.10.007

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Textual research to identify the original plants for Kui and Dongkuizi*

ZHOU Guanwu1, QI Zhensheng2#, TIAN Jianfu3, DI Guiying4, WANG Tao3, WU Chengliang5, YANG Na1   

  1. 1 Research Institute of Wood Industry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China;
    2 Agricultural University of Hebei, Hebei 071000, China;
    3 Editorial Office, China Forest Products Industry Journal, Beijing 100010, China;
    4 China Eco Development Association, Beijing 100714, China;
    5 School of Economics and Management, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
  • Received:2017-04-17 Online:2017-10-10 Published:2017-10-10
  • Supported by:
    State Forestry Administration Forestry Industry Standards Development and Revision Project (No.2017-LY-149)

Abstract: This study aims to identify the original plants for Kui and Dongkuizi by reading and analyzing relevant historical literature. Misidentifications, misjudgments and false corrections by Japanese and Chinese experts as well as by modern and ancient scholars have been refuted and rectified based on comparing plant morphological characteristics, nomenclature basis, place of origin, growing environment, indications and therapeutic effects. The findings show that the ancient and modern records of the original plant for “Kui” as well as “Dongkuizi” from the family of Malvaceae is inaccurate. The original plant is creeping spinach (Basella alba, also known as Vine Spinach, Red Vine Spinach, Climbing Spinach) belonging to Basellaceae family.

Key words: Kui, Dongkuizi, Luokui, traditional Chinese medicine, synonyms of a single plant, plant morphological characteristics, medicinal efficacy

CLC Number: 

  • R281