Localities documented in Tropicos sources
Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
- Flora of China Editorial Committee. 2007. Fl. China 13: 1–548. Science Press & Missouri Botanical Garden Press, Beijing & St. Louis. http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1031194
Life History and Behavior
Evolution and Systematics
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Aralia cordata
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
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Aralia cordata is an upright herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 2-3 m in height, native to Japan, Korea and eastern China. It is known as udo (Japanese: 独活) in Japanese, and also as Japanese spikenard. It is commonly found on the slopes of wooded embankments.
The leaves are alternate, large, and double to triple pinnate with leaflets 7-15 cm long and 5-10 cm broad. The flowers are produced in large umbels 30-45 cm diameter in late summer, each flower small and white. The fruit is a small black drupe 3 mm diameter.
The stem can be eaten and is sometimes boiled and served in miso soup.
Despite its size, it is not a woody plant, as demonstrated in the popular saying udo no taiboku (Japanese: 独活の大木), literally "great wood of udo", meaning roughly "useless", as udo has a very soft stem.
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