chinese feverine is well-known in hong kong, not so much as itself as a plant, but as an ingredient in a hakka flour cake. village people or older generation like to take the leaves, grind them and mix with flour, separate and mould them into small dough, then steam. the finished cake is dark greenish black in colour and taste slightly herbal.
chinese feverine is native to temperate and tropical asia, including hong kong. it is a deciduous climbing shrub. it enjoys sunshine and has strong vitality, yet it is graceful in the appearance: stems are long and branching; leaves opposite, simple and variable in shape; flower tubes are white on the outside, and burgundy to purple inside; fruits are small, oval and glossy, in green at the beginning and then orange.
雞矢藤 chinese feverine/skunkvine (paederia scandens) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked 未分級 ): angiosperms 被子植物| (unranked 未分級 ): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | (unranked未分級) : asterids | order: gentianales 龍膽目 | family: rubiaceae 茜草科 | subfamily: rubioideae | tribe: paederieae | genus: paederia 雞矢藤屬 | species paederia scandens wiki & hkherbarium