Salvia yunnanensis CHWright

[Syn. S. bodinieri Vaniot; S. esquirolii Levl.]

The species goes under various book-names and local names in China, many of then having Lake Tien miltiorrhiza [Iconographia 1974 No. 5292], Lake Tien being the major lake in the eastern Yunnan, near Kunming, and among other names in Yunnan Small miltiorrhiza and Purple miltiorrhiza.

The species appears to be confined to south-western Provinces of China, where it occurs in south-western Sichuan, Guizhou in the western part, and from the north of Yunnan, through such central districts as Dali, to the south-easst of the province. The type was obtained from Mengtsz, not so far from the Vietnam border.

A national Flora [Iconographia 1974 No. 5292] states succinctly that the root is used for that of S. miltiorrhgiza Bunge. In Yunnan, recorded uses of the root in medicine lie in stimulating the circulation, regulating the menses, clearing fresh extravasated blood, stopping pain, and claming the spirits by lowering the effects of stress, [Flora Yunnanica 1977:2], all of them properties attributed also to S. miltiorrhiza.


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