Aucuba japonica Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
Japanese aucuba Japanese-laurel spotted-laurel

Aucuba japonica, commonly called spotted laurel, Japanese laurel, Japanese aucuba or gold dust plant, is a shrub native to rich forest soils of moist valleys, thickets, by streams and near shaded moist rocks in China, Korea, and Japan. This is the species of Aucuba commonly seen in gardens - often in variegated form. The leaves are opposite, broad lanceolate, 5–8 cm long and 2–5 cm wide. Aucuba japonica are dioecious, they have separate male and female plants. The flowers are small, 4–8 mm diameter, with four purplish-brown petals; they are produced in clusters of 10-30 in a loose cyme. The fruit is a red berry approximately 1 cm in diameter, which is avoided by birds.

Aucuba japonica

Medical use

Economic importance of Aucuba japonica

Environmental ornamental
Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China - Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Taiwan

Biological activities

Antibacterial
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Antiedemic
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Antiinflammatory
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Antileukemic
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Antioxidant
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Antiprolactin
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Antistaphylococcic
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Candidicide
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Cathartic
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Collagenic
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Diuretic
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Hepatoprotective
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Lactagogue
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Laxative
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Paralytic
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Pesticide
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RNA-Inhibitor
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Uricosuric
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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Aucubin Plant 10 50
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]