Economic Botany

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 288–292 | Cite as

The economic botany of dragon tongue

  • Shiu-Ying Hu


A crude drug sold under the name of Lung Lei Ip (Dragon Tongue) by the herb dealers in Hongkong and vicinity is identified as a euphorbiaceous ground cover. The morphological characters of the species are summarized, the history of its uses is reviewed, the medicinal merits reported and the ethnobotanical and ecological significance discussed.


Economic Botany Crude Drug Pistillate Flower Arnold Arboretum Leafy Shoot 
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© The New York Botanical Garden 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiu-Ying Hu
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  1. 1.Arnold ArboretumHarvard UniversityUSA

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