Kadsura japonica

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Kadsura japonica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
Order: Austrobaileyales
Family: Schisandraceae
Genus: Kadsura
Species: K. japonica
Binomial name
Kadsura japonica
(L.) Dunal.
  • Kadsura matsudai Hayata
  • Uvaria japonica L.

Kadsura japonica, commonly known as the Kadsura vine or simply Kadsura, is a plant species native to Japan (Honshū, Kyūshū and the Ryukyu Islands) in woodlands.. The larvae of the moth Caloptilia kadsurae feed on K. japonica in the main Japanese islands and Ryukyu Islands.


Kadsura japonica is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens, and also has edible fruits that can be eaten raw or cooked.[1] They grow from 8 feet (2.4 m) to 15 feet (4.6 m). It is a evergreen with deep green, glossy leaves that turn slightly red in autumn. Its fruits are very bright scarlet[2] and it has white dioecious flowers.[3][4]


  1. ^ Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. 
  2. ^ "Illiciales". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kadsura japonica". NC State University. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ pfaf.org: Kadsura matsudai (Kadsura japonica)

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