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PinYin to Common Name List

For ease of reference, the table below has been ordered alphabetically by pin yin name.
PinYin is the official phonological system for transcribing the Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet.
Other names for the herbs are then easy to identify.
I have made no reference to the Pharmaceutical name as it is not within our scope to discuss TCM as a therapy but simply to ensure the the plant discussed in Traditional Chinese Medicine is the plant that we grow for seed.
I have only included in this list, the plants that we grow.

Some listed, but without a hyperlink to the seed page, indicates that we do not grow sufficient quantity to harvest for seed yet. Stay tuned!!

Pinyin Common Name Latin
ba ji tian Brahmi Bacopa monniera
ba la gui cha  ma dai cha Yerba mate Ilex paraguariensis
ba xian cao Cleavers Galium aparine
bai bian dou Lablab Bean Dolichos lablab
bai guo Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba, L.
bai jie cai Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus
bai jie zi Mustard Sinapis alba
bei chai hu Bupleurum Bupleurum chinense
beng da wan, han ke cao Gotu Kola Centella asiatica L.
bi bo Long Pepper Piper longum
bi qi Water Chestnut Eleocharis dulcis
cai ji Globe Artichoke Cynara scolymus
can dou, hu dou Broad Bean Vicia faba
cang er zi Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium
chan su Cane Toad Bufo bufo gargarizans
chang chun teng Common Ivy Hedera helix
che qian cao Japanese Plantain Plantago major
chi xiao dou Mung Bean Phaseolus radiatus
chou cao Rue Herb Ruta graveolens.
chuan da huang Rhubarb Rheum officinale
ci wu jia Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus senticosus
da mai  mai ya Barley Hordeum sativum
da jiao hua Cooking Bananas Musa paradisiaca
di dan cao, ku ao, ku ban Common Thistle Cirsium ovalifolium
dong gua ren, dong gua zi Winter Melon Benincasa hispida
dou shu, sha ge Yam Bean Pachyrhizus erosus
fan mu gua PawPaw – Papaya Carica papaya
fan shi liu Common Guava Psidium guajava
fu xiao mai Wheat Triticum aestivum
gan cao Chinese Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra
gan shu Sweet Potato Ipomoea batatas
gan zhe shao Sugar Cane Saccharum Officinarum
gan, chen pi Mandarine Citrus nobilis
gan,  chen pi Bitter Orange Citrus aurantium
gang song Weeping Coast Myrtle Baeckea frutescens L.
gou qi zi ; di gu pi Chinese Goji Lycium chinense
gou qi zi ; di gu pi Goji Lycium barbarum
gou zhua dou Velvet Bean Mucuna cochinchinensis
gua di Rockmelon Cucumis melo
guan ye lian qiao St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum
gui zhen cao Cobblers Pegs Bidens pilosa
hai feng teng Japanese Pepper Piper kadsura
he ye Sacred Lotus Leaf Nelumbo nucifera
hei zhong cao zi Nigella Nigella sativa
hong hua Safflower Carthamus tinctorius
hou po Magnolia Magnolia  officinalis
hu jiao Black Pepper Piper nigrum
hu lo fu Purple Carrot Daucus carota
hu lu ba Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum
hu sui, yuan sui, xiang cai Coriander Coriandrum sativum
ji Shepherds Purse Capsella bursa–pastoris
jia ye shu Butcher’s Broom Ruscus aculeatus
jia ye song guo Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia
jia zhu tao Oleander Nerium incidum
jian hua, ba wang hua Dragonfruit Hylocereus undatus
jiang Ginger Zingiber offcinale
jiang huang Turmeric Curcuma Longa
jiao gu lan Immortality Vine Gynostemma pentaphyllum
jie geng Balloon Flower Platycodon grandiflorum
jie gu mu Elder Sambucus nigra
jie zi Mustard Greens Brassica cernua
jin yin hua Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
ju hong, chen pi Pomolo Citrus maxima
ke fei Coffee Coffea Arabica
ku gua Bitter Melon Momordica charantia
ku zhu Bamboo Phyllostachys bambusoides
kuan dong hua Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
kui hua Sunflower Helianthus annuus
la jiao Bird’s Eye Chilli Capsicum annuum
lai fu zi Radish Raphanus sativus
li zhi he Lychee Litchi chinensis
lian zi, lian xin Sacred Lotus Nelumbo nucifera
liang dang, tian xian zi Henbane Hyoscyamus niger
long yan Longan Euphoria longana
lu e mei Chinese Plum Prunus mume
luo shen hua, luo shen kui. Rosella Hibiscus sabdariffa
man jing zi Chinese Vitex Vitex trifolia
man tuo luo Datura Datura stramonium
mao gen Kunai or Blady Grass Imperata arundinacea  Cyr.
mao xu cha, shen cha Cat’s Whiskers Ocimum Aristatum
mei gui hua Dog Rose Rosa rugosa.
mo li hua Tea Jasmine Jasminum sambac
mu shu Cassava Manihot utilissima
nan jiang Galangal Languas galanga . Alpinia galanga
nan tian zhu Sacred Bamboo Nandina domestica
pu gua Bottle Gourd Lagenaria siceraria
ri ben chuan xiong Cinidium Cnidium officinale
shan nai Lesser Galangal Kaempferia galanga
shan yao Wild Yam Dioscorea batatas
shan zhi zi Gardenia Gardenia florida
shang lu Pokeroot Phytolacca acinosa
she gan Leopard Lily Belamcanda chinensis
shen luo le Tulsi- Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum
shi da gong lao Mahonia Mahonia japonica
shu wei cao Sage Salvia officinali
shui fei ji St. Mary’s Thistle Silybum marianum
shui qie Ashwagandha Withania somnifera
shui xian Paperwhite Jonquil Narcissus tazetta
si gua luo Angled Luffa Luffa acutangula
si gua luo Smooth Loofa Luffa cylindrica
su mu Caesalpinia Caesalpinia sappan
su xing hua, da mo li hua Common Jasmine Jasminum officinalis
tan hua. Night Blooming Cactus Epiphyllum oxypetalum
tian hu su Dwalf Pennywort Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
tong hao Garland Chrysanthemum  Chrysanthemum coronarium
tu jing jie Wormseed Chenopodium ambrosioides
tu mu xiang Elecampane Inula helenium
wang bu liu xing Soapwort Saponaria vaccaria
wang jiang nan zi Cassia Cassia occidentalis
wu qing Rapeseed Canola Brassica rapa
wu zhao jin long Morning Glory Ipomoea cairica
xi gua Watermelon Citrullus vulgaris
xi shu guo Noni Morinda citrifolia
xi ye bai tou weng Wind Flower Pulsatila vulgaris
xia ku cao Selfheal Prunella vulgaris
xiang fu zi Nut Grass Cyperus rotundus
xiang lin tou.. Screwpine Pandanus amaryllifolius .
xiang mao Noosa Native Curculigo ensifolia
xiang ru California Poppy Elscholtzia patrini
xiao bai ju Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium
xiao hao Barberry Berberis vulgaris
xiao suan mo Sheep Sorrel Rumex acetosella
xie cao Valerian Valeriana officinalis
xun ma Nettle Urtica dioica.
xun ma Stinging Nettle Urtica urens.
ya ma, hu ma Flax Linum usitatissimum
ya pian Poppy Paparver somniferum
yang gan ju German Chamomile Matricaria recutita
yang hui xiang Anise Pimpinella anisum
ye tang hao Tall Fleabane Erigeron sumatrensis
yi mu cao;  chong wei zi Chinese Motherwort Leonurus heterophyllus
yi tang Sugar cane seed Saccharum Granorum
yi yi ren Job’s Tears Coix lacrym-jobi.
yong jiu hua (la ju) Curry Plant (Grey) Helichrysum italicum
yu gan zi Indian Gooseberry Phyllanthus emblica
yu shu shu, yu mi xu Corn Zea mays
yuan wei Wall or Water Iris Iris tectorum
ze lan Bugle Lycopus
zhang nao Camphor Laurel Cinnamomum camphora
zhi ma; hu ma ren Sesame Sesamum indicum
zi ran Cumin Cuminum cyminum
zi su Perillia Perilla frutescens
zi zhui ju, zi hua song guo ju Echinacea Echinacea purpurea