Fukien Tea All About

Fukien Tea

Fukien Tea

Flora Dirgantara: The Hokiantea, Hokianti, or Sidoguri tree in English is called Fukien tea or the scientific name Cormona Retusa is a shrub or small tree with many branches, usually growing as high as 1 - 4 meters, but occasionally this species reaches a height of up to 10 meters.

 This plant is included in the top 10 potential medicinal plants in the Philippines, and thus a small-scale industry has developed there.

 It is sometimes grown, especially in Southeast Asia, for its leaves used as a tea substitute and for medicinal purposes.

 Fukien tea is also frequently grown as an ornamental and hedge plant and is a popular subject for bonsai.


 Fukien tea in the Wild prefers open, dry, and sunny habitats, such as shrubs in general, it is also like other shrub vegetation inhabiting teak forests at low and moderate elevations with sandy soil and scrub conditions.  This species can flower all year round.


  •  Leaf decoction is used as a substitute for tea.
  •  The leaves are anti-diarrheal, febrifuge and stomach medication.
  •  The root is considered to be an antidote to plant poisoning and as an alternative to cachexia and syphilis.
  •  In addition, it was traditionally used to stop bleeding from the bite of the viper Echis carinatus.
  •  The roots are reportedly digested to cleanse the body after childbirth.
  •  Rosmarinic acid, a phenylacrylic acid derivative, is a known inhibitor of histamine release and the methanolic extract of leaves has shown strong antihistamine releasing properties.

 In an experiment in the Philippines, tablets from dry leaves reduced the formation of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes induced by mitomycin C, tetracyclines, and dimethylnitrosamine.  This indicates that these tablets have antimutagenic activity

 OTHER USES OF Fukien tea

 The Fukien tea plant can be grown as an ornamental plant, especially as a popular subject for Bonsai.


 An easy way to cultivate fukien tea is cuttings, and cuttings should be made from young leafy shoots.  And the roots develop slowly over the next 1-2 months

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