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Cryptotaenia japonica
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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Subfamily: Apioideae
Tribe: Oenantheae
Genus: Cryptotaenia
Type species
Cryptotaenia canadensis

Cryptotaenia, or honewort,[1] is a genus of herbaceous perennial plants, native to North America, Africa, and eastern Asia, growing wild in moist, shady places.


Species accepted by The Plant List as of August 2014. Some studies have suggested that the African and Canary Island species should be moved to other genera and that the Italian endemic Lereschia thomasii should be included in Cryptotaenia, but we list them here provisionally pending further study.[2][3][4]

  1. Cryptotaenia africana (Hook.f.) Drude - Gabon[5]
  2. Cryptotaenia calycina C.C.Towns. - Tanzania[6]
  3. Cryptotaenia canadensis (L.) DC. - eastern + central North America[7]
  4. Cryptotaenia elegans Webb ex Bolle - Canary Islands[8]
  5. Cryptotaenia flahaultii (Woronow) Koso-Pol. - Republic of Georgia[9]
  6. Cryptotaenia japonica Hassk. - Japan, Korea, China[10]
  7. Cryptotaenia polygama C.C.Towns. - Tanzania[11]


  1. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 426. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2016 – via Korea Forest Service.
  2. ^ The Plant List, search for Cryptotaenia
  3. ^ Hardway, T. M.; Spalik, K.; Watson, M. F.; Katz-Downie, D. S.; Downie, S. R. (2004). "Circumscription of Apiaceae tribe Oenantheae" (PDF). South African Journal of Botany. 70 (3): 393–406. doi:10.1016/S0254-6299(15)30222-2.
  4. ^ Spalik, K.; Downie, S. R. (2007). "Intercontinental disjunctions in Cryptotaenia (Apiaceae, Oenantheae): an appraisal using molecular data" (pdf). Journal of Biogeography. 34 (12): 2039–2054. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2007.01752.x. S2CID 4838103.
  5. ^ ORSTOM. 1988. List Vasc. Pl. Gabon Herbier National du Gabon, Yaounde
  6. ^ Townsend, Clifford Charles. Kew Bulletin 38: 59. 1983
  7. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution map
  8. ^ Bolle, Karl August. 1861. Index Seminum [Berlin] Hort. Berol. App. (1861) 9
  9. ^ IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Cryptotaenia flahaultii vulnerable rating
  10. ^ Flora of China Vol. 14 Page 80, 鸭儿芹 ya er qin, Cryptotaenia japonica Hasskarl, Retzia. 1: 113. 1855.
  11. ^ Townsend, Clifford Charles. Kew Bulletin 38: 57. 1983.

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