1st Edition

Medicinal Plants and Mushrooms of Yunnan Province of China

Edited By Clara Bik-San Lau, Chun-lin Long Copyright 2021
    322 Pages 30 Color & 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    322 Pages 30 Color & 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    322 Pages 30 Color & 66 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Although many texts describe plants from China, the focus of this book is to draw on the rich culture and environment of medicinal plants and fungi/mushrooms of Yunnan Province. In fact, Yunnan Province covers two global hotspots of biodiversity, with the richest biological and cultural diversity in China. In particular, the Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (founded in 1938 and located in the capital city of Yunnan Province) has made great contributions in the fields of botany and phytochemistry, earning an international reputation. This book covers those medicinal plants and fungi/mushrooms specific to Yunnan Province, and is written mainly by KIB experts in this research field.

    Key Features:

    • Distinct sections cover the breadth of the topic including resource availability (wildly grown or cultivated), sustainability, and distribution
    • Discusses plant parts used for medicinal uses (the folklore, the ancient and modern uses)
    • Describes the important natural products and the known pharmacologically active components
    • Presents biological activities related to medicinal uses or clinical evidence

    Cover image: Shilin, the stone forest (eroded vertical pinnacles of limestone), landmark of Kunming, Yunnan.

    Section I

    1. Diterpenoids of Isodon Species in Yunnan Province
    Kun Hu, Jia-Meng Dai, Han-Dong Sun, and Pema-Tenzin Puno

    2. Rubia yunnanensis Diels
    Ninghua Tan, Zhe Wang, Junting Fan, and Xuejia Zhang

    3. Chemical Constituents and Biological Activity of Erigeron breviscapus (Vaniot) Hand.-Mazz.
    Qin-Shi Zhao and Han-Dong Sun

    4. Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of Paris polyphylla Smith var. yunnanensis (Franch.) Hand.-Mazz.
    Hai-Yang Liu, Ling-Ling Yu, Xu-Jie Qin, Wei Ni, and Chang-Xiang Chen

    Section II

    5. Medicinal Mushrooms and Fungi from Yunnan Province:
       Part I Resources and Diversity
       Gang Wu and Zhu-Liang Yang

       Part II Chemistry and Bioactivity
       Ji-Kai Liu

    Section III

    6. Panax notoginseng (Burk.) F.H. Chen
    Jia-Huan Shang, Yi-Jun Qiao, Dong Wang, Hong-Tao Zhu, Chong-Ren Yang, and Ying-Jun Zhang

    7. Medicinal Orchids: Dendrobium Species and Gastrodia elata Blume
    Jiang-Miao Hu, Jie Yang, Liu Yang, and Meng-Ting Kuang

    8. Garcinia Plants
    Fengke Lin, Ping Li, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Clara Bik-San Lau, Edward Kennelly, and Chunlin Long

    9. Pu-er Tea from Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze and Related Plants
    Na Li, Hong-Tao Zhu, Wang Dong, Chong-Ren Yang, and Ying-Jun Zhang

    10. Yunnan Coffea arabica L.
    Ming-Hua Qiu, Gui-Lin Hu, Xiao-Yuan Wang, and Xia Wang

    Section IV

    11. Medicinal Plants Used by Ethnic Groups in Yunnan
    Ruifei Zhang, Yuehu Wang, Jun Yang, and Chunlin Long


    Clara Bik-San LAU
    Professor Lau graduated in Pharmacy (Pharmacognosy) from King’s College London, University of London, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on medicinal plants (western herbals and traditional Chinese herbal medicines) and has over 24 years' experience in natural products research. She is currently the Associate Director of the Institute of Chinese Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She also serves as the Associate Director of the State Key Laboratory of Research on Bioactivities and Clinical Applications of Medicinal Plants (CUHK). She has a courtesy appointment as Associate Professor at the School of Chinese Medicine, CUHK and has served as Deputy Program Director/Program Director (2005-2015) of a part-time MSc in Chinese Medicines and Herbal Drugs. Her main research area is on anti-cancer herbal medicines and natural products. Up till now, she has published over 225 refereed articles in international journals. She currently serves as member of ChP-USP Advisory Group on Monographs for Traditional Chinese Medicine Ingredients and Products; Deputy Secretary General and Executive Council Member of The Consortium for Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM); Secretary General and Executive Council Member of the Board of Directors for Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (GP-TCM RA); Associate Chief Executive of Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association (MCMIA); Advisor for Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong on Registration of Proprietary Chinese Medicines; as well as Associate Editor of “Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (eJTCM)” and Editorial Board members of journals “Phytomedicine”, “Scientific Reports”, “Journal of Natural Products” and “Journal of Ethnopharmacology”.
    Chun-Lin LONG
    Prof. Long completed his PhD from Gifu University, Japan. He is holding various posts as professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, Beijing, China, and Vice President of the Chinese Society of Ethnobotany, China. Since 1989, 373 research articles and reviews have been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, in which 167 were covered/indexed by Science Citation Index (SCI). Over 20 books had been published. Prof. Dr. Long’s professional experience of 30 years includes many fields of botany, ethnbototany and ethnomedicine, and natural products. Prof. Dr. Long has been invited to join in the editorial board by more than 10 journals. He is now the Associate Editor of Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, and Board Member of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Archives of Pharmacal Research, and Biodiversity Science.