Menispermum


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Menispermum

 

(moonseed), a genus of plants of the family Menispermaceae. They are perennial dioecious grasses, with twining stems that measure 2-5 m long. The leaves are alternate, long-petiolate, and shield-shaped; they have three to five lobes or, less frequently, are simple. The flowers are small, unisexual, and greenish; they grow in racemes or panicles. The fruit is a black drupe, with a single sickle-shaped seed. There are two species. Menispermum dahuricum grows in southeastern Siberia (west to Krasnoiarsk), the Far East, China, and the Korean Peninsula. It is found along forest edges and rivers. All parts of the plant, particularly the seeds, are poisonous. It is cultivated as an ornamental. Common moonseed (M. canadense) grows along the Atlantic coast of North America.

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Menispermum canadense L.; Common Moonseed; Woods and woods' edge; Frequent; C = 3; BSUH 11880.
Common vine species are Menispermum canadense, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Smilax spp.
Vines found in or around this meadow include Dioscorea villosa, Menispermum canadense, and Toxicodendron radicans.
The native vine Menispermum canadense also was common.
Lou, "Characterization and antitumor activities of a polysaccharide from the rhizoma of Menispermum dauricum," International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, vol.
Fangchinoline was also isolated from Stephania tetrandra, Cyclea barbata, Hypscrpa nitida, Stepahania cepharantha, Stephaniae hainanensis, and Menispermum dauricum (Zhang 2005).
Tinospora cordifolia (Willd) (Miers ex Hook F & Thoms) is also known as Cocculus cordifolius Dec, Menispermum cordifolium Willd, and Tinospora glabra (N Brum) Merr.