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Scutellaria barbata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Scutellaria
Species: S. barbata
Binomial name
Scutellaria barbata

Scutellaria barbata is a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine. Other names include ban zhi lian (Chinese: 半枝莲pinyin: bànzhīlián), scullcap or skullcap, barbat skullcap, skute barbata, or herba scutellariae barbatae.


Chemical constituents

A substance with potential antineoplastic activity has been isolated from the plant. Herba scutellariae barbatae containing the antioxidant flavonoid, scutellarin, has been shown to induce apoptosis of ovarian and breast tumor cells in vitro. (NCI Thesaurus)

Medicinal uses

Often used in herbal sleeping remedies.

It is a nervous restorative and can be used to alleviate anxiety, migraines, and depression.[1]


  1. ^ Mabey, Richard, ed. The New Age Herbalist: How to Use Herbs for Healing, Nutrition, Body Care, and Relaxation. New York: Collier Books, 1988.

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From Wikispecies


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
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Scutellarioideae
Genus: Scutellaria
Species: Scutellaria barbata


Scutellaria barbata D.Don


  • Prodromus Florae Nepalensis, sive Enumeratio Vegetabilium, quae in Itinere per Nepaliam Proprie Dictam et Rgiones Conterminas, Ann. 1802-1803. Detexit atque legit D. D. Franciscus Hamilton, (olim Buchanan) M.D. London 109. 1825
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernacular names


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