Pueraria montana var. lobata

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East Asian arrowroot
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Phaseoleae
Genus: Pueraria
Species: P. montana
Variety: P. montana var. lobata
Trinomial name
Pueraria montana var. lobata
(Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep
  • Dolichos hirsutus Thunb.
  • Dolichos japonicus hort.
  • Dolichos lobatus Willd.
  • Neustanthus chinensis Benth.
  • Pachyrhizus thunbergianus Siebold & Zucc.
  • Pueraria argyi H.Lev. & Vaniot
  • Pueraria bodinieri H.Lev. & Vaniot
  • Pueraria caerulea H.Lev. & Vaniot
  • Pueraria harmsii Rech.
  • Pueraria hirsuta (Thunb.) Matsum.
  • Pueraria koten H.Lev. & Vaniot
  • Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi
  • Pueraria lobata subsp. lobata
  • Pueraria neo-caledonica Harms
  • Pueraria novo-guineensis Warb.
  • Pueraria pseudo-hirsuta T.Tang & Wang
  • Pueraria thumbergiana (Siebold & Zucc.) Benth.
  • Pueraria thunbergiana (Siebold & Zucc.) Benth.
  • Pueraria triloba (Houtt.) Makino
  • Pueraria volkensii Hosok.

Pueraria montana var. lobata, the East Asian arrowroot,[2] is a perennial plant in the family Fabaceae.


It is called () in Chinese, kuzu () in Japanese, and chik () in Korean.


The plant is native to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Russian Far East), Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam), and the Pacific (New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu).[3]


The starch powder made from the East Asian arrowroot is called kudzu powder.

In Korea, arrowroot tea is made from either the root or the root starch.[4] In Japan, arrowroot tea is made from the root starch.


  1. ^ "Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Sanjappa & Pradeep". International Legume Database & Information Service (ILDIS). Retrieved 23 February 2018 – via The Plant List.
  2. ^ Korea National Arboretum (2015). English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea Forest Service. p. 596. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Pueraria montana var. lobata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  4. ^ Chun, Hui-jung (2004). Yoon, Ho-mi, ed. Korean Food Guide 800. Seoul: The Korea Foundation. p. 208. ISBN 978-89-89782-10-0. Retrieved 23 February 2018 – via issuu.