Sorting Houttuynia names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :


Houttuynia cordata Thunb.

SYNONYM(S) :  Gymnotheca chinensis Decne., Polypara cochinchinensis Lour.

CHINESE : Ji cai (Taiwanese tsi ts'ai), Yu xing cao (medicinal name).

DANISH :   Houttuynia.

DUTCH :   Houttuynia.

ENGLISH :   Chinese lizard tail,  Fish mint, Fish plant,  Fishwort, Heartleaf , Himalayan spinach, Lizard's tail, Edible houttuynia, Heartleaf houttuynia, Vietnamese fish plant, White chaplu, Wild houttuynia.

FRENCH :   Hottonie, Houttuynie.

GERMAN:  Buntblatt, Chinesischer Eidechsenschwanz.

JAPANESE : Dokudami.

KOREAN :    약모밀 .

LAOTIAN :  Phak khao thong.

  Gandhe,       Gane.

RUSSIAN :  Xауттюйния сердцевидная, Хоуттуиния.

SLOVENIAN :  Hutujnija.

SWEDISH :  Hoyttynia.

THAI :  ผักก้านตอง   Phak kan tong,   ผักคาวทอง  Phak khao tong,  ผักคาวตอง  Phak khao tong (Northern Thailand)ผักเข้าตอง Phak khao tong,  พลู  Phlu kae (Central Thailand).

VIETNAMESE :   Diếp cá, Giấp cá, Ngư tinh thảo,  Rau dap ca, Vap ca.

Photograph of leaves on Gernot Katzer's site.

Houttuynia cordata Thunb. 'Plena'

FRENCH : Houttuynie à fleurs doubles.

Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (Chinensis Group)

ENGLISH : Coriander-scented houttuynia, Chinese houttuynia, Vietnamese houttuynia, Chinese lizard tail.

Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (Japonica Group)

ENGLISH : Citrus-scented houttuynia, Japanese houttuynia.

Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (Variegata Group)

SYNONYM(S) : Houttuynia cordata Thunb. 'Chameleon', Houttuynia cordata Thunb. 'Variegata'

DANISH :  Kamæleonblad.

DUTCH :  Bonte houttuynia.

ENGLISH : Chameleon plant, Variegated houttuynia.

FRENCH : Houttuynia cordata panaché, Houttuynie caméléon, Houttuynie panachée.

GERMAN:   Bunter Houttuynia,  Chamäleonpflanze.

SWEDISH :   Kameleontblad.

Photograph of leaves on Gernot Katzer's site.



Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Houttuynia Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database   (M.M.P.N.D - A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia.
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General Bibliography
Specific & complementary


Katzer Gernot,  Spice Pages,  Chameleon Plant Houttuynia cordata Thunb.  < >.

Mabberley D. J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

USDA, ARS, 2000, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (20 January 2000). 

Vijverplanten, 1999 - 2005,  Vijverplanten Zone A. < >. (Dutch, English, French, German).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.


Contributors to this page (Personal communication) : Orarat MongkolpornAngela Drenovac.


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