Maple Leaf

Provenance: Zhejiang Tianmu Mountain Medicinal Plant Journal

Pinyin: ǎi Jiǎo Fēnɡ Yè

Origin: It is the leaf of Red-leaved Kashi of Camphor family.

Maple Leaf

Original form: Red-leaved Kashi, also known as Cinnamon tree. Deciduous tree, up to 10 meters tall. Branchlets yellowish green. Leaves alternate, ovoid, 3-11 cm long, 2.5-8 cm wide, upper part of the leaf often 3-lobed, sometimes entire, apex obtuse, base flat-truncated or rounded, occasionally shallowly cordate, subleathery, both sides pubescent when young, only the axils of the veins below with hairs when old, with 3-existent veins; petiole 7-20 mm long. Umbels axillary, sessile; flowers unisexual, dioecious or heterosexual; involucres ellipsoid, brown, abaxially densely pilose; pedicels densely silky hairy; perianth 6-lobed, lobes elliptic; male flowers with 9 stamens, anthers 2-loculed, inwardly valved; female flowers with globose ovary, stigma capitate. Drupe spherical, dark red when ripe. March to April. Fruiting period July to August.

Habitat distribution: In alpine valleys or mountain slopes in mixed woods. Distributed in Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou, Henan, Shaanxi, Gansu and other places.

Chemical composition: The seeds contain fatty oil.

Functions: For treating sores and poison, pounding and applying to the affected area.

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