Taxon: Anamirta cocculus (L.) Wight & Arn.

Genus: Anamirta
Family: Menispermaceae
Subfamily: Chasmantheroideae
Tribe: Coscinieae
Nomen number: 3069
Place of publication: Prodr. fl. Ind. orient. 446. 1834
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 26-Sep-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 06-Sep-2005
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: source of picrotoxin (fide Import Medicinal Pl; CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: fish (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(2):73. 2001)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(2):73. 2001)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: India Andaman and Nicobar; Thailand
    • Malesia: Indonesia Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Sumatra; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Indonesia Irian Jaya; Papua New Guinea


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. (F Ceylon)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Farnsworth, N. R. & D. D. Soejarto Global importance of medicinal plants (unpublished draft manuscript rev. 23, 1988) (Import Medicinal Pl)
  • Steenis, C. G. G. J. van, ed. Flora malesiana. (F Males)
  • Valkenburg, J. L. C. H. van & N. Bunyapraphatsara, eds. 2001. Medicinal and poisonous plants 2 (Pl Res SEAs) 12(2):73-75.


Check other web resources for Anamirta cocculus (L.) Wight & Arn. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.