Aphananthe aspera

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Aphananthe aspera
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Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Aphananthe
Species: A. aspera
Binomial name
Aphananthe aspera

Aphananthe aspera, commonly known as scabrous aphananthe,[1] (Japanese: 椋の木 muku-no-ki "muku tree"; Chinese: 糙叶树) is a flowering plant. It is found on slopes and stream banks between 100 and 1600 m. It is native to the Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang provinces of China, and Taiwan. It also is found in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.[2]


It is used as an ornamental plant in Chinese classical gardens. Aphananthe aspera is a source of fibre and wood, and has been used for making paper. Leaves gathered in autumn are used as a fine sandpaper for polishing wood and similar materials.[3][1][2] It is not clear from the sources referred to, whether the effectiveness of the leaves as sandpaper depends on their roughness, or whether they contain abrasive phytoliths.


  1. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 355. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via Korea Forest Service. 
  2. ^ eflora, 2009
  3. ^ Anon, Nature, August 7 1884, pp 337-338


  • eFloras, Missouri Botanical Garden & Harvard University Herbaria, Aphananthe aspera, 5, p. 12, retrieved 2009  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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