Bryophyllum pinnatum (PROSEA)

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Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lamk) Oken

Protologue: Allg. Naturgeschichte Vol. III(3): 1966 (1841).


  • Cotyledon pinnata Lamk (1786),
  • Bryophyllum calycinum Salisb. (1805),
  • Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamk) Pers. (1805).

Vernacular names

  • Life plant, floppers (En).
  • Brunei: bendingin, serigen
  • Indonesia: daun sejuk (Malay, Palembang), buntiris (Sundanese), sosor bebek (Javanese)
  • Malaysia: sedingin, seringin, setawar padang
  • Philippines: karitana (Bisaya), abisrana (Iloko), katakataka (Tagalog).
  • Burma (Myanmar): yoekiyapinba
  • Laos: poun tay, poun po
  • Thailand: benchachat (central), ton tai bai pen, khwum taai ngaai pen
  • Vietnam: cây thuốc bỏng, cây trường sinh, lạc dịa sinh căn.


B. pinnatum has a pantropical distribution. In Malesia it is naturalized throughout the region. In many places it is a weed; on the other hand it is reported to be cultivated in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indo-China.


The fresh leaves are commonly used as a poultice in the treatment of boils, wounds, burns and scalds.


  • A robust, unbranched herb, 30-200 cm tall, glabrous.
  • Leaves fleshy, leathery when older, earlier ones simple, ovate, with cordate or rounded base, upper ones pinnate, 3-5-foliolate, 5-9(-20) cm × 2.5-5 cm, base cuneate, apex obtuse, margin crenate, petiole semi-amplexicaulous.
  • Inflorescence a lax terminal cyme, 10-80 cm long.
  • Flowers pendulous, with a cylindrical calyx, up to 25 mm × 8 mm, slightly indented at the base, lobes ovate-triangular, 7-12 mm long, very acutely acuminate, corolla tube cylindrical, about 30 mm long, strongly constricted at about 8 mm from the base, corolla lobes oblong-ovate, about 6 mm long, abruptly long-acuminate, in lower half green, in upper half red.

B. pinnatum is found in dry rather sunny locations near human habitation up to 1000 m altitude.

Selected sources

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Wardah & M. Brink