Breynia vitis-idaea

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Breynia vitis-idaea
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Breynia vitis-idaea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Tribe: Phyllantheae
Subtribe: Flueggeinae
Genus: Breynia
Species: B. vitis-idaea
Binomial name
Breynia vitis-idaea
(Burm.f.) C.E.C.Fischer

Breynia vitis-idaea or officinal breynia is a perennial tree-like species of Phyllanthaceae (Euphorbiaceae s.l.), found from India east to Taiwan and Okinawa and south to Indonesia. It is a shrub or treelet with egg-shaped leaves that can reach up to 3 m tall. It has staminate flowers and spherical, red fruit.

B. vitis-idaea is pollinated by the leafflower moth Epicephala vitisidaea in Fujian, China and the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan. The moth actively pollinates the flowers, but lays an egg into the space between the external carpel wall and the tepals. The moth caterpillars consume a subset of the tree's seeds, receiving nourishment in return.[2][3]

It contains the saponin breynin and terpenic and phenolic glycosides.[4] It is marketed in Taiwan as Chi R Yun.


B. vitis-idaea poisoning causes hepatocellular liver injury.[4]

Other names[edit]

B. officinalis Hemsley and B. officinalis var. accrescens (Hayata) M.J.Deng & J.C.Wang are synonyms of B. vitis-idaea.

Other variants include:

  • Breynia formosana (Hayata) Hayata
  • Breynia officinalis Hemsley var. officinalis
  • Breynia stipitata Muell. -Arg. var. formosana Hayata
  • Breynia stipitata Muell. -Arg. var. formosana Hayata

Other common names in English include:[5]

  • Formosan breynia
  • Large calyx breynia
  • Medicinal breynia

Common names in other languages include:

  • Vietnamese: Cù đề
  • Southern Min: 紅心仔 Âng-sim-á, 紅珠仔 Âng-chu-á, 紅仔珠 Âng-á-chu
  • Chinese: 七日暈; literally: "7-day dizziness"
  • Paiwan: Takaha'do
  • Malay: Hujan panas, semomah, seruyan
  • Tagalog: Matangulang
  • Cebuano: Sungut-olang
  • Tausug: Santing
  • Thai: เพี้ยะฟาน (phiafān; Thai pronunciation: [pʰíaʔ faːn]), ดับพิษ (dapphit; Thai pronunciation: [dàp pʰít]) (northern), ก้างปลาทะเล (kāngplāthalē; Thai pronunciation: [kâːŋ plaː tʰáʔ leː]), ผักหวานตัวผู้ (phakwāntūaphū; Thai pronunciation: [pʰàk wǎːn tuːa pʰûː]) (central)[6]
  • Japanese: 大島小判の木 / オオシマコバンノキ / おおしまこばんのき (Ōshima kobannoki), 台湾小判の木 / タイワンコバンノキ / たいわんこばんのき (Taiwan kobannoki), 姫小判の木 / ヒメコバンノキ / ひめこばんのき (Hime kobannoki), 高砂小判の木 / タカサゴコバンノキ / こばんのき (Takasago kobannoki)


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kawakita, A.; Kato, M. 2004. Obligate pollination mutualism in Breynia (Phyllanthaceae): further documentation of pollination mutualism involving Epicephala moths (Gracillariidae). American Journal of Botany. 91: 1319–1325.
  3. ^ Zhang, J., Hu, B., Wang, S. & Li, H. (2012). "Six new species of Epicephala Meyrick, 1880 (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) associated with Phyllanthaceae plants." Zootaxa 3275: 43-54.
  4. ^ a b J. K. Aronson. Meyler's Side Effects of Herbal Medicines. Elsevier, 2008. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-444-53269-5
  5. ^ Breynia officinalis Hemsley at Plants of Taiwan.
  6. ^ ค้นหาข้อมูลพืช[permanent dead link] (Thai)

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