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(peonies), a genus of perennial herbs, shrubs, and subshrubs of the family Ranunculaceae. (The genus is often placed in the monotypic family Paeoniaceae.) Herbaceous species have an almost vertical rhizome, a large root system with root tubers, and numerous stems. Arborescent forms have relatively long woody shoots. The ternate, biternate, or triternate leaves have variously shaped pinnatipartite or pinnatisect segments. The large, usually solitary flowers have five to eight white, pink, red, or, less frequently, yellow petals. The multiple fruit has large, ripe seeds, which are usually shiny black.

There are approximately 35 species in the temperate and mountain regions of Eurasia; two species are found in western North America. The most common herbaceous species are P. lactiflora, the source of thousands of peony varieties, and P. chinensis. The most common arboreal form is the tree peony (P. suffruticosa).

Peonies grow in light forests, forest edges, subalpine meadows, steppes, and forest steppes. About 20 species are found in the USSR, growing in the southern and southeastern European portions, the Caucasus, Siberia, Middle Asia, and the Far East. All species are ornamentals and are cultivated in gardens and parks and grown for cut flowers. Some species, for example, P. anomala, are used in folk medicine.


Stern, F. C. A Study of the Genus Paeonia. London, 1946.
Krasnova, N. S. Piony. Moscow, 1971.


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Peng et al., "Whole transverse section and specific-tissue analysis of secondary metabolites in seven different grades of root of Paeonia lactiflora using laser microdissection and liquid chromatography-quadrupole/time of flight-mass spectrometry," Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, vol.
Herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) is a perennial herb belonging to the family Paeoniaceae.
In previous research, BA coexisted with BP in the methanolic extract of the roots of Paeonia lactiflora and resembled BP in most of diagnostic fragmentations or characteristic ions on ESI-MS/MS spectra, when LC-MS/MS method was used [14, 15].
Kim et al., "Paeonol and paeoniflorin, the main active principles of Paeonia albiflora, protect the heart from myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats," Planta Medica, vol.
Paeonia lactiflora seeds display both hypocotyl and epicotyl dormancy and time from sowing to fully germination takes six to seven months under natural conditions.
Results of the concentration of the nine phenolic compounds in the herbal extract samples detected by HPLC (Table 1) showed that Paeonia contained the highest level of total phenolic compounds (17353 [micro]g/g DW) due to the high level of gallic acid (16336 [micro]g/g DW), while Glycyrrhiza had the second highest concentration of total phenolic compounds (12318 [micro]g/g DW) mainly due to the high level of p-anisic acid (9703 [micro]g/g DW), followed by Mentha, Psoralea, Atractylodes, and Bupleurum (6918, 5287, 3985, and 2595 [micro]g/g DW, resp.).
Wang et al., "Flavonoid composition and antioxidant activity of tree peony (Paeonia section Moutan) yellow flowers," Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol.
All the crude drugs including 30 g Buffalo Horn, 24 g Rehmannia glutinosa (Gaertn.) DC, 12 g Paeonia lactiflora Pall., and 9 g Paeonia suffruticosa Andrewswere purchased fromJiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Jiangsu Province, China).
Jakyakgamcho-tang (JYGCT), also called Shaoyao-gancao-tang in Chinese and Shakuyaku-kanzo-to in Japanese, is a traditional herbal medicine comprising two medicinal herbs, Paeonia lactiflora Pall.
Fresh ripe fruits of the cultivated tree peony (Paeonia ostii) were hand-harvested in September from Heze (Shandong, China).
The Paeonia suffruticosa is the peony flower that acts as an anti-inflammatory, inhibits lipid peroxidation and also inhibits melanagenesis (as does the blackcurrant seed oil).
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