Taxon: Aucuba japonica Thunb.

Genus: Aucuba
Family: Garryaceae
Nomen number: 6077
Place of publication: Nov. gen. pl. 3:62. 1783
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 04-Dec-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Mar-2018
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 11 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Eur Gard F)
  • Medicines: folklore (in Japan fide Mansf Ency)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Lampe & McCann)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Taiwan

  • Cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. (F China)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. 1993 (Zander ed14)
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Hess, W. J. 1998. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. Flora of Japan. (F Japan)
  • Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. 1985 (Lampe & McCann)
  • Mabberley, D. J. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2. 1997 (Pl Book)
  • Meyer, F. G. et al. A catalog of cultivated woody plants of the southeastern United States. 1994 (L CultWPl SE US)
  • Ohi, T. et al. 2003. Distinct geographic structure as evidenced by chloroplast DNA haplotypes and ploidy level in Japanese Aucuba (Aucubaceae) Amer. J. Bot. 90:1645-1652.
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). (F JapanOhwi)
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)
  • Zhong Guo & Hua Jing China floral encyclopaedia. (China FlEncy)


Check other web resources for Aucuba japonica Thunb. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Aucuba japonica cultivars
  • 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.