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Ornamental species of medicinal value

beautiful and useful

Adhatoda vasica

Aeschynanthes mimetes

Asclepias curassavica

Belamcanda chinensis

Clerodendron japonicum

Clerodendrum trichotomum

Congea tomentosa

Crinum amabile

Curculigo capitulata Palm grass

Homalomena: asthma and lung cancer herb

Hibiscus sabdariffa

Ixora chinensis

Ixora coccinea

Ixora 'sunkist'


Mirabilis jalapa

'mountain turtle' Stephania

'quit smoking' herb

Tacca chantrieri

Thladiantha spec. Mountain Buffalo

Trevesia palmata

Uraria crinita

Ornamental seeds

unusual dry decoration plants



Stephania sp.
"Mountain Turtle"
"Rock Plant"

A new landscape architecture and interior design plant.

'Mountain turtle' the local people in Xishuangbanna call this succulent tuber as its tree like bark resembles the structure of a turtle shell.

This cute "turtle" will grow a wonderful vine that will stretch through tree tops and cover houses with beautiful heart shaped leaves. Of course, also the "turtle" will grow as you can see in the pictures below.

Stephania can reach treelike age and needs to be given a rest during winters: simply put it in a dark corner of your home and forget it until spring time when the vine will regrow from the tuber. If you live a bit further South where you may have reasonably short periods of frost, you can leave the turtle in your garden.

In a warm and sunny home, the "rock plant" will not hibernate and continues its growth on a lighted windows, in a lobby, or in a winter garden. Hence, it is an ideal indoor plant for interior design of entrance halls in hotels, exhibition and art centers, interior stone and rock garden, and garden design in countries without strong frost periods.

Some people in old Chinese gardens like to keep the plant in a special ceramic pot and treat it like a bonsay tree.

In Chinese medicine the dried tuber is used to make a tea to cure all sorts of stomach problems.

after 2 years Stephania reaches this size:

and this is the garden rock's size after about 50 years:

these giant "stones" have reached about 100 years.

Leaves of Stephania used in tropical garden landscaping to gently cover a pile of stones. The plant, as one of the "stones", can hardly be distinguished from the rocks.

we are shipping tubers during the plant's winter hibernation stage,
Stephania seeds are available right now!

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Imagine, the traceability of your supply chain leads your customers to the tropical jungles of the Mekong river and to the Himalayan mountains where Tibet meets Yunnan. Immerged in diverse culture and rich biodiversity, your customers can visit the places and people where your organic products start from pristine soils, clean air, and where they support the livelihood of local ethnic communities.

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If you are in the food, cosmetics, flower, herbal, and medical business, certifying your products as contributing to rain forest and biodiversity protection will be an advantage with a competitive edge.

The TianZi Biodiversity Centre is working with German Universities to design land use systems, which are bound to change paradigms: we promote rare agro-biodiversity species, manage complexity, and find alternatives to destructive forms of mono culture.

If all this is in line with your company's business concept - please contact us.

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Tropical Xishuangbanna is famous for its Dai Medicine. The Dai ethnic people have identified more than 2000 plants, animals, mushrooms, and minerals which are used to cure a wide variety of illnesses.

Most important: herbal medicine is designed not only to heal but more prominently to make sure that the disease will not have any chance to attack you in the first place.

Many of the medicinal species make very interesting garden and indoor plants. We have made a selection of peculiar but also endangered medicinal herbs because it is our goal to secure their survival through mass-propagation and cultivation, and we contract grow them with local ethnic communities of our area to help improve their livelihood.

For some of the more common herbal medicines which usually come as tea or food additives you may go to our page on traditional medicine.


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