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Callicarpa formosana  Rolfe


Botanical Name


Callicarpa formosana Rolfe

English Name





Callicarpa blancoi auct. non Rolfe.





General Info


A deciduous or evergreen shrub up to 4 m tall, stem and branches densely clothed with brownish or greyish tomentum of stellate or dendriform hairs. Leaves variable, elliptical, ovate to rhomboid, 7—18 cm x 3—11 cm, base cuneate, obtuse or rounded, apex acute to acuminate, margin serrulate to dentate, sparsely glandular, and loosely to subdensely pubescent with stellate and dendriform hairs above, densely glandular, and densely tomentose beneath with stellate hairs, petiole 1—2 cm long, densely dendriform hairy. Cyme tomentose, primary peduncle as long as the petiole, 1—2 cm long. Flowers subsessile, calyx shallowly 4-toothed, about 1 mm long, glandular and densely stellate hairy outside, corolla purplish pink or rarely white, tube 2 mm long, lobes obtuse to rounded, stamens exserted, ovary globose, glabrous or with a few hairs at the top, glandular all over, style exserted. Drupe globose to ellipsoid up to 4 mm in diameter, glabrous, glandular, purple.

Herb Effects

Acts as a sedative in asthma (leaves); as an emmenagogue (roots)


PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Used to relieve difficulty in breathing and asthma (leaves); as a styptic to wounds (crushed flower and leaf buds); for gonorrhea (roots); to treat hepatitis (whole plant).



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