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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Magnoliids
Ordo: Piperales

Familia: Saururaceae
Genus: Houttuynia
Species: H. cordata

Names in synonymy: H. emeiensis


Houttuynia Thunb., Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 4: 149. 1783 (as 'Houtuynia') nom. et orth. cons.

Type species: Houttuynia cordata Thunb.

Primary references

Thunberg, C.P. 1783. Beskrifning på ett nytt Japanskt Ört-Genus, kalladt Houtuynia cordata. ["Description of a new Japanese herb genus, called Houtuynia cordata."] Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps Academiens Nya Handlingar 4: 149–152. BHL Reference page. : 149


Hassler, M. 2019. Houttuynia. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 11. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Houttuynia. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 11 2019.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Houttuynia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Mar. 11. Reference page.
Tropicos.org 2019. Houttuynia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 11 Mar. 2019.

Vernacular names
suomi: Kameleonttilehdet
中文: 魚腥草

Houttuynia is a genus of two species in the Saururaceae native to Southeast Asia. One species, H. cordata, is widely cultivated as a culinary herb. The genus was originally described in 1783 by Carl Peter Thunberg when he formally described H. cordata as the only species. It remained a monotypic genus until 2001 when Zheng Yin Zhu and Shi Liang Zhang discovered and described a second species native to China, H. emeiensis but the validity still unestablished.[1] It was named after Martinus Houttuyn.

Wu Wei, Zheng Youliang, Chen Li, Wei Yuming, Yan Zehong, and Yang Ruiwu. 2005. PCR-RFLP analysis of cpDNA and mtDNA in the genus Houttuynia in some areas of China. Hereditas 142: 24-32.

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