Stephania tetrandra (root)

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Stephania tetrandra S. Moore   Menispermaceae  
Standardized common name (English): stephania  
Pinyin name(s): fen fang ji; han fang ji; fang ji (root)

Botanical Voucher Specimen


Stephania tetrandra Kew barcode=K000644630 274070.jpg
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[1]

Organoleptic Characteristics

Macroscopic Characteristics

Microscopic Characteristics

High Performance Thin Layer Chromatographic Identification

Supplementary Information

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Stephania (root) (Stephania tetrandra) 

General Characteristics AHPA recommends in its Known Adulterants list that appropriate steps be taken to assure that this raw material is free of the noted adulterant. Contact AHPA for additional information regarding relevant analytical methods or follow this link for more information.

For a complete list of species that FDA has identified as potentially adulterated with Aristolochia spp. visit the FDA website

Reported Adulterants Aristolochia fangchi root (guang fang ji).

Source: AHPA Known Adulterants [2]


  1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  2. AHPA Known Adulterants
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