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Actinidia chinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Actinidiaceae
Genus: Actinidia
Species: A. chinensis
Binomial name
Actinidia chinensis

Actinidia chinensis [1][2] is a fruit tree and medicinal plant [3] native to China. It is pollinated by bees.



Thickets, thick (oak) forests (e.g. Quercus aquifolioides, Q. oxyodon, Q. lamellosa etc.), light secondary forests and bushland. Prefers slopes, likes also to grow in ravines, 200-2300m (relative to geographic latitude!) high.


Its origin is supposed to be the northern Yangtse river valley. In China, Actinidia chinensis is nowadays dispersed in the entire Southeast of the country.


Paper is made from the bark. If the bark is removed in one piece from near the root and placed in hot ashes, it becomes very hard and can be used as a tube for a pencil. The plant is said to have insecticidal properties.


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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Unassigned Asterids
Ordo: Ericales
Familia: Actinidiaceae
Genus: Actinidia
Species: Actinidia chinensis
Varietas: A. chinensis var. chinensis - A. chinensis var. jinggangshanensis - A. chinensis var. rufopulpa


Actinidia chinensis Planch.


New Zealand Journal of Botany. Wellington, N.Z. 24:184. 1986

Vernacular names

日本語: オニマタタビ
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