Bridelia stipularis (L.) Blume

Etymology Genus After S. E. von Bridel-Brideri, a Swiss botanist
Species With (prominent) stipules
Family Phyllanthaceae
Synonyms Clutia stipularis L.
Common Names Kenidai, Kernam
Status Native: Vulnerable
Form Woody climber
Native Distribution China, Indian subcontinent, Indochina, Malesia


Bridelia stipularis is a relatively common climber in our secondary forests. It can be quite eye-catching with its overhanging branches with opposite arranged leaves, with slightly wavy margins. The prominent stipule is a further confirmation.

Interesting Facts:

The roots of the Kenidai are used as to reduce inflammation and as an astringent antidiarrheal. The fruits are used to induce vomiting and as an antitoxic (eFloras, 2008).

Climber with its distinct hanging vines


Leaf, upper side

Leaf, pale under side



eFloras (2008) Bridelia stipularis (Linnaeus) Blume. Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge. Accessed on 29-Sep-2022.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2022-09-27 / Modified: 2022-09-29