Stephania elegans Hook. f. & Thomson

Ashwini Bhatia (Validation by J.M.Garg) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)








Stephania wightii (Arn.) Dunn (Kerala, Tamil Nadu as per India Biodiversity Portal)

Stephania species- enroute Joshimath, Uttarakhand



Stephania andamanica Diels in Engler (India: S. Andaman Island; China (?))
Stephania elegans Hook. f. & Thomson (India: ca 1800 m. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya; Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh)
Stephania glabra (Roxb.) Miers (India: Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya)
Stephania glandulifera Miers (India: E. Himalayas and N.E. India, 450 – 1740 m. Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya)
Stephania gracilenta Miers (India: C. Himalayas, 1800 – 2500 m. Uttar Pradesh; Nepal)
   var. discolor (Blume) Forman (India: Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Nicobar Islands; Myanmar, Thailand, Indo-china to Malesia and E. Australia)
   var. japonica (India: Wayside thickets, slopes of hills up to 900 m. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu; SriLanka, E. China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Malesia)
Stephania venosa (Blume) Spreng. (India: Andaman Islands; S. China, Vietnam, Thailand and Malesia)
Stephania wightii (Arn.) Dunn in Gamble (India: Southern W. Ghats, 500 – 1000 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Endemic)

species in India:

  1. Stephania andamanica Diels
  2. S. dolichopoda Diels (China (S-Yunnan, SW-Guangxi), NE-India as per Catalogue of life and Flora of China)
  3. S. elegans Hook.f. & Thomson
  4. S. glabra (Roxb.) Miers
  5. S. glandulifera Miers
  6. S. gracilenta Miers
  7. S. japonica (Thunb.) Miers (var. discolour (Blume) Forman; var. japonica)
  8. S. venosa (Blume) Spreng
  9. S. wightii (Arn.) Dunn


  1. Gangopadhyay, M. 1993. Stephania. In; Sharma, B.D., Balakrishnan, N.P., Rao, R.R. and Hajra, P.K. (eds.) Flora of India Vol-1. BSI, Calcutta. Pp. 332-338.
  2. eFI page (and references therein) 

Binomial Habit Notes Ref. Distrib.
(Thunb.) Miers
Climbing Shrub Western Ghats
& Eastern Ghats, Deciduous to Moist Deciduous Forests
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983; Matthew, 1983
Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Kanniya kumari, Namakkal, Nilgiri, Salem, Theni,
Stephania wightii (Arn.) Dunn Climbing
Ghats, Evergreen Forests
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Kanniya kumari,
Nilgiri, Tirunelveli

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Stephania elegans Menispermaceae Elegant Tape Vine
Stephania gracilenta Menispermaceae Slender Tape Vine
Stephania japonica Menispermum japonicum, Cissampelos hemandifolia Menispermaceae Tape Vine


Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)- Brief details & keys-


Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D.Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2003)- Details-



Indigenous Drugs Of India By Chopra R N, I.C. Chopra (1933)- Details-
Stephania glabra


As per efi thread : Cissampelos pareira and Stephania japonica belong to the family Menispermaceae
Both species are dioecious.
In Stephania leaves are glabrous as are the stem as well
In Cissampelos leaves and stem tomentose
In Stephania the petiole (leaf stalk) joins the leaf away from the edge / conspicuously peltate (resembles Cyclea peltata) generally triangular-rotund.
In Cissampelos the petiole joins the leaf close to the edge
In Stephania flowers arranged in stalked umbellate cymes
In Cissampelos Male inflorescences axillary, solitary or few fascicled, corymbose cymes and pubescent whereas, female inflorescences thyrsoid, narrow

Stephania ‎(Menispermaceae) : 4 posts by 2 authors.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Stephania (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.
Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

I have added the list of Indian species.

Thanks, … Is S. delavayi Diels mentioned in Flora of India Vol-1 as FOC (Stephania delavayi) does not give its distribution in India ?

It is not mentioned in Flora of India. I included it based on the Forest Plants of Eastern India

Thanks, … Based on the above, I think we can the record of Forest Plants of Eastern India as doubtful (i.e. why I have not made it bold). Now I will be putting it as (?)