Tylophora ovata

Common name:   Family: Asclepiadaceae
Author: (Lindl.)Hook. Botanical references: 266
Known Hazards: None known
Range: E. Asia – China.
Habitat: Thickets on hillsides, forest edges or ravines147. Forests, mixed woods and thickets at elevations of 200 – 1000 metres266.
Edibility Rating (1-5): 0 Medicinal Rating (1-5): 2
Epithets: From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets
ovata = oval;
Systematics: From a UDSA Plants Database
Order: Gentianales. Milkweed family
Other Range Info: From the Ethnobotany Database

Physical Characteristics

Climber growing to 5m. . It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). We rate it 0/5 for edibility and 2/5 for medicinal use.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

Antitussive; Carminative; Emetic; Expectorant.

The roots are antitussive, carminative, emetic and expectorant

147. A decoction is used in the treatment of leukaemia, asthma and coughing, traumatic injuries, rheumatoid backaches, pains in the stomach and abdomen, poisonous snakebites147, 266.

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know how hardy it will be outdoors in Britain. However, the plant is supplied by at least one British nursery.


Seed –