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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Callicarpoideae
Genus: Callicarpa
Species: Callicarpa dichotoma

Callicarpa dichotoma (Lour.) K.Koch, 1872

Porphyra dichotoma Lour., Fl. Cochinch.: 70 (1790).
Callicarpa japonica var. dichotoma (Lour.) Bakh., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 3, 3: 26 (1921).
Callicarpa purpurea Juss., Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. 7: 67 (1806).
Callicarpa gracilis Siebold & Zucc., Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. 4(3): 154 (1846).
Callicarpa jamamurasaki Siebold ex Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 2: 98 (1865).
Callicarpa japonica var. angustifolia Sav. in Yonan-Si, Livres Kwawi: 78 (1873).
Callicarpa dichotoma f. albifructa Moldenke, Phytologia 7: 429 (1961).

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Asia-Temperate
Regional: Southeastern Asia
China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast
Regional: Eastern Asia
Japan, Korea, Nansei-shoto
Continental: Asia-Tropical
Regional: Southeastern Asia
Introduced into:
Alabama, Delaware, North Carolina, Taiwan, Virginia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Koch, K.H.E. 1872–1873. Dendrologie. Bäume, Sträucher und Halbsträucher, welche in Mittel- und Nord-Europa im Freien kultivirt werden. Kritisch beleuchtet von Karl Koch. Zweiter Theil. 424 pp., Erlangen: Ferdinand Enke. BHL Reference page. : 2(1):336.

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 2003. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [unavailable for the public] Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Callicarpa dichotoma in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Apr 10. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Callicarpa dichotoma. 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. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 Apr 10. Reference page. 2022. Callicarpa dichotoma. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 10 Apr 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Callicarpa dichotoma. Published online. Accessed: Apr 10 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Callicarpa dichotoma in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 2022 Apr 10.

Vernacular names
English: Purple Beautyberry, Early Amethyst
한국어: 좀작살나무

Callicarpa dichotoma, the purple beautyberry or early amethyst, is a species of beautyberry. They are cultivated as garden shrubs. The flowers are pink to white. The berries which are small drupes are purple. The fruits grow closely together in large clusters. The fruit provides food for wild life. The berries are edible and have a mild taste. This species can be found in China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.

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