Mao Gen (Ranunculus japonicus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mao Gen
Ranunculus japonicus
Ranunculaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is decongestant and vermicide[147, 218]. It is used in the treatment of malaria[147, 218].

    The plant contains antitumour compounds[218].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked[105]. The leaves contain a low level of toxicity that is not enough to be injurious[179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The leaves are poisonous. The toxicity is of a low measure and the toxins can be destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 13, 19, 62, 65]. Many if not all plants in this genus also have a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[65, 183].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It is clsely related to R. acris[266]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a moist loamy soil[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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