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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordoo: Rosales

Familia: Cannabaceae
Genus: Humulus
Species: H. lupulus


Humulus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 1028 (1753).

Type species: Humulus lupulus L.


Lupulus Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr. ed. 4: s.p. (1754).
Waldensia Lavy, État Général Vég. Orig.: 14 (1830).
Typus: Waldensia insignis Lavy


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus II: 1028. Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2019. Humulus. 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 Aug. 09. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Humulus in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Aug. 09. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Humulus. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 09 2019. 2019. Humulus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 09 Aug. 2019.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Humulus in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Hop
العربية: جنجل
asturianu: Lúpulu
azərbaycanca: Mayaotu
Boarisch: Hopfa
башҡортса: Ҡомалаҡ
беларуская: Хмель
български: Хмел
corsu: luppulu
čeština: chmel
чӑвашла: Хăмла
Cymraeg: Hopys
dansk: Humle
Deutsch: Hopfen
dolnoserbski: Chmjel
English: Hop
Esperanto: Vera lupolo
eesti: Humal
فارسی: رازک
suomi: Humalat
Nordfriisk: Hoop
français: Houblon
galego: Lúpulo
हिन्दी: राज़क
hornjoserbsce: Chmjel
magyar: Komló
հայերեն: Գայլուկ
ქართული: სვია
қазақша: Құлмақ
한국어: 환삼덩굴속
кыргызча: Кулмак
Lëtzebuergesch: Happ
lietuvių: Apynys
latviešu: Apiņi
македонски: Хмељ
Plattdüütsch: Hoppen
norsk: Humle
ирон: Хуымæллæг
polski: Chmiel
português: Lúpulo
română: Hamei
русский: Хмель
Scots: Humulus
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Hmelj
slovenčina: chmeľ
slovenščina: Hmelj
shqip: Sumbullaja
српски / srpski: Хмељ
svenska: Humlen
Türkçe: Şerbetçi otu
татарча/tatarça: Колмак
українська: Хміль
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Qulmoq
Tiếng Việt: Chi Hốt bố
中文: 葎草屬

Humulus, hop, is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. The hop is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Hops are the female flowers (seed cones, strobiles) of the hop species H. lupulus; as a main flavor and aroma ingredient in many beer styles, H. lupulus is widely cultivated for use by the brewing industry.


Although frequently referred to in American literature as the hops "vine", it is technically a bine; unlike vines, which use tendrils, suckers, and other appendages for attaching themselves, bines have stout stems with stiff hairs to aid in climbing. In British literature the term “vine” is generally reserved for the grape genus Vitis. Humulus is described as a twining perennial herbaceous plant which sends up new shoots in early spring and dies back to the cold-hardy rhizome in autumn. Hop shoots grow very rapidly, and at the peak of growth can grow 20 to 50 centimetres (8 to 20 in) per week. Hop bines climb by wrapping clockwise (except for Humulus japonicus) around anything within reach, and individual bines typically grow between 2 to 15 metres (7 to 50 ft) depending on what is available to grow on. The leaves are opposite, with a 7 to 12 cm (2.8 to 4.7 in) leafstalk and a heart-shaped, fan-lobed blade 12 to 25 cm (4.7 to 9.8 in) long and broad; the edges are coarsely toothed. When the hop bines run out of material to climb, horizontal shoots sprout between the leaves of the main stem to form a network of stems wound round each other.[2]

Male and female flowers of the hop plant develop on separate plants (dioecious). Female plants, which produce the hop flowers used in brewing beer, are often propagated vegetatively and grown in the absence of male plants. This prevents pollination and the development of viable seeds, which are sometimes considered undesirable for brewing beer owing to the potential for off-flavors arising from the introduction of fatty acids from the seeds.[3]
Humulus japonicus leaves

As of October 2020, the following species were accepted:[1]

Humulus americanus Nutt.
Humulus cordifolius Miq.
Humulus lupulus L.
Humulus neomexicanus (A.Nelson & Cockerell) Rydb.
Humulus pubescens (E.Small) Tembrock
Humulus scandens (Lour.) Merr. (syn. Humulus japonicus Siebold & Zucc.)
Humulus yunnanensis Hu

For brewers' hops, which are specific cultivars, and propagated by asexual reproduction, see the article, "List of hop varieties".
Hops applications

Hops are boiled with the wort in brewing beer and sometimes added post-ferment; they impart a bitterness, flavor, as well as aroma to the finished product.[4]

In pharmacy lupulus is the designation of hop. The dried catkins, commonly referred to as hop cones, of the female plant of H. lupulus are used to prepare infusion of hop, tincture of hop, and extract of hop.[5]
Hops chemistry and pharmacology

The characteristic bitterness imparted by the addition of hops to the brewing process is mainly due to the presence of the bitter acids, which are prenylated acylphloroglucinol derivatives.[6] Bitter acids are divided into the alpha-acids, with humulone the major compound, and the beta-acids, with lupulone the major compound;[4] the alpha-acids isomerize during the brewing process to form iso-alpha acids, which themselves have a bitter taste.[7][4] These hop acids are vinylogous acids, with acidic ring enols in conjugation with ring and substituent carbonyl groups.[8][9] Plants in the genus Humulus produce terpenophenolic metabolites.[10] Hops also contain xanthohumol, a prenylated chalcone, and other compounds under preliminary research for their potential health properties.[11]

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Almaguer, Cynthia; Schönberger, Christina; Gastl, Martina; Arendt, Elke K.; Becker, Thomas (September 2014). "Humulus lupulus - a story that begs to be told. A review: Humulus lupulus - a story that begs to be told". Journal of the Institute of Brewing. doi:10.1002/jib.160.
Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Hop" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P. F. Collier & Son Company.
Verzele, M.; De Keukeleire, D. (1991). Chemistry and analysis of hop and beer bitter acids. New York: Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-444-88165-6.
Jaskula, Barbara; Kafarski, Pawel; Aerts, Guido; De Cooman, Luc (August 2008). "A Kinetic Study on the Isomerization of Hop α-Acids". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 56 (15): 6408–6415. doi:10.1021/jf8004965. PMID 18598038.
Urban, Jan; Dahlberg, Clinton J.; Carroll, Brian J.; Kaminsky, Werner (28 January 2013). "Absolute Configuration of Beer′s Bitter Compounds". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 52 (5): 1553–1555. doi:10.1002/anie.201208450. PMC 3563212. PMID 23239507.
De Keukeleire, Denis (February 2000). "Fundamentals of beer and hop chemistry". Química Nova. 23 (1): 108–112. doi:10.1590/S0100-40422000000100019.
Page, Jonathan E.; Nagel, Jana (2006). "Biosynthesis of terpenophenolic metabolites in hop and cannabis". Recent Advances in Phytochemistry. Vol. 40. pp. 179–210. doi:10.1016/S0079-9920(06)80042-0. ISBN 9780080451251.
Stevens, Jan F; Page, Jonathan E (May 2004). "Xanthohumol and related prenylflavonoids from hops and beer: to your good health!". Phytochemistry. 65 (10): 1317–1330. doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2004.04.025. PMID 15231405.

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