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Stephania Erecta

Stephania erecta is a kind of perennial bald grassy winding liane which grows on the hillside, by the dyke or in the woods. Its cane can be as long as several meters, and the earthnut is like a flat ball. The “ball” is coarse and taupe, and has a yellow and white transect and a red base with dense virescent spots. Stephania erecta is of important use in clinical medicine: iatrical and scientific institutes have distilled Stephania cepharantha Hayata, D-Isocorydine Hydrochloride and Rotundine f

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Medulla Junci

Medulla Junci, also named Hill Herb or Sedge Herb in local areas, is a kind of perennial herbaceous plant with tufted stems. The stems are round and as long as several meters, and have brown scale-shaped leaves growing underside. In summer, pedicels appear 10 centimeters away from the tips of stems and on the pedicels are many small pea green flowers. Medulla Junci grows mostly in wet rock cracks along rivers and in the valleys in Qiaojia, Yongshan, Daguan and Yiliang.

Cephalotaxus Fortunei

In Yanjin and Yiliang grows Cephalotaxus fortunei, a wonderful kind of anti-cancer plants. Cephalotaxus fortunei, also named Cephalotaxus sinensis, is evergreen arbors belonging to gymnosperm. Modern iatrical research finds that the whole plant of Cephalotaxus fortunei contains anti-cancer alkaloid, especially in the bark and root skin.

Ricinus Communis

Ricinus communis is a kind of annual defoliating tall herbage or perennial evergreen frutex of spurge. It was first planted in 1950s in local areas and grows well now along rivers, in the valleys or on both sides of highways in such counties as Yiliang, Daguan and Yanjin. Castor seed has an average oil content of 35-40 %.

Ramie

Ramie, also named Yuanma, has been growing in Zhaotong City for more than one thousand years. In Qin Dynasty and the period of Republic of China, it is one of the staple commodities of specialties transported from Zhaotong to Sichuan and sold there. In 1950s, large gardens of ramie once appeared in the villages along Guan River of Yanjin County and Daguan County.

 

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