Pueraria montana var. lobata

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Pueraria montana var. lobata
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Genus: Pueraria
P. m. var. lobata
Trinomial name
Pueraria montana var. lobata
(Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep
    • Dolichos hirsutus Thunb.
    • Dolichos lobatus Willd.
    • Dolichos stipulaceus Lam.
    • Neustanthus chinensis Benth.
    • Pachyrhizus thunbergianus Siebold & Zucc.
    • Phaseolus aconitifolius Roxb.
    • Phaseolus cornutus Blume ex Miq.
    • Phaseolus ficifolius Schrank
    • Phaseolus lobatus (Willd.) Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.
    • Phaseolus trilobus Aiton
    • Pueraria argyi H.Lév. & Vaniot
    • Pueraria bodinieri H.Lév. & Vaniot
    • Pueraria caerulea H.Lév. & Vaniot
    • Pueraria chinensis (Benth.) Ohwi
    • Pueraria harmsii Rech.
    • Pueraria hirsuta (Thunb.) C.K.Schneid.
    • Pueraria koten H.Lév. & Vaniot
    • Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi
    • Pueraria montana var. chinensis (Ohwi) Maesen & S.M.Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep
    • Pueraria novoguineensis Warb.
    • Pueraria thunbergiana (Siebold & Zucc.) Benth.
    • Pueraria triloba (Aiton) Makino
    • Pueraria triloba var. leucostachya Honda
    • Pueraria volkensii Hosok.
    • Vigna lobata (Willd.) Endl. ex Miq.
    • Vigna stipulacea (Lam.) Kuntze

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


It is called () in Chinese, kuzu (クズ, 葛)[3] in Japanese, and chik () or gal (갈; 葛) in Korean.


The plant is native to East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea), the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), and the Pacific (New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu).[4]


The starch powder made from the East Asian arrowroot is called kudzu powder. Kudzu powder is used to make arrowroot tea in traditional medicines of China, Japan and Korea[5] (in Korea the root unprepared is also used).

The production of this powder in Japan was concentrated among the Kuzu (国栖) people who once lived along the Yoshino River in Nara Prefecture, which gave the plant its Japanese (and later loaned into English kudzu) name.[6]


  1. ^ "Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S.M.Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep". Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  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. ^ Kaneda, Shodai (金田初代) (2010). ひと目でわかる! おいしい「山菜・野草」の見分け方・食べ方 (in Japanese). PHP Institute. p. 137. ISBN 978-4-569-79145-6.
  4. ^ (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep. "Pueraria montana var. lobata". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 23 February 2018.{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Toshiaki Ōshima (大嶋敏昭), ed. (2002). 花色でひける山野草・高山植物. ポケット図鑑 (in Japanese). Seibidōshuppan. p. 158. ISBN 4-415-01906-4.