Angelica gigas

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Angelica gigas
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Angelica
Species: A. gigas
Binomial name
Angelica gigas
Nakai

Angelica gigas (Dang Gui) is a monocarpic biennial or short lived perennial plant from China, Japan and Korea. It inhabits forests, grasslands and banks of streams. The roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Description[edit]

Angelica gigas is a stout plant that is 1 to 2 meters high with deep thick roots and purplish ribbed stem. Its leaf blades have a triangular-ovate outline. It has a 20–40 × 20–30 cm, 2–3-ternate-pinnate arrangement. The plant's purple umbel measures 5–8 cm across. Its dark purple-red obovate flowers blooms in late summer.

Cultivation[edit]

For moist garden soil in full sun or semishade. The plant is best propagated through seeds in the spring. The plant is a perennial plant that flowers in the months of July to August.[1]

Flowers

Chemical components[edit]

Recent research in 2007 has isolated a chemical from the root of the plant, a coumarin derivative called decursin, that may have anti-androgenic properties in vitro.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angelica gigas - Nakai.". Plants for a Future. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Lu, J; Kim, SH; Jiang, C; Lee, H; Guo, J (2007). "Oriental herbs as a source of novel anti-androgen and prostate cancer chemopreventive agents". Acta pharmacologica Sinica 28 (9): 1365–72. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7254.2007.00683.x. PMID 17723170. 

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