Vitis flexuosa (PROSEA)

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Vitis flexuosa Thunb.

Family: Vitaceae

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: areuj sirarah (Sundanese).


Japan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines.


Fruits edible, used to make wine. Leaves rich in sugar and eaten in Japan. Leaves used against fever on Java.


  • Climbing vine with unlobed leaves and bifid tendrils.
  • Fruit a globose berry, 6-7 mm diameter, dark blue.

It grows in lower mountain regions in thickets, but is rare in Java.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen