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Cnidoscolus elasticus - Lundelll

Common Name Highland chilte
Family Euphorbiaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Not known
Range Mesoamerica. inc. Durango and Sinaloa, Mexico
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cnidoscolus elasticus Highland chilte


(c) Sergio Escutia Zúñiga, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Cnidoscolus elasticus Highland chilte
(c) Sergio Escutia Zúñiga, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)

 

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Summary

Can be misspelt as Cnidoscolus eslasticus.


Physical Characteristics

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Cnidoscolus elasticus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Cnidoscolus eslasticus (misspelt). No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

Carbon Farming Solutions - Industrial Crop: hydrocarbon (Crops grown for non-food uses. Industrial crops provide resources in three main categories: materials, chemicals, and energy. Traditional materials include lumber and thatch, paper and cardboard, and textiles) [1-1]. Hydrocarbon latex crops - Cnidoscolus elasticus, the source of highland Chilte, is an excellent rubber yielding tree from the states of Durango and Sinaloa, Mexico

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Experimental Crop  Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Management: Coppice

Climate: tropical highlands. Humidity: arid to semi-arid. Very little information is avaialble. One of the areas it grows well is Durango and Sinaloa, Mexico. Durango is one of the coldest regions in Mexico with an average daily high temperature of only 28 degrees centigrade. Several months of the year it is warm to hot at temperatures continuously above 25 degrees centigrade, sometimes up to 34 degrees. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: experimental. Management: coppice (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1]. .

Carbon Farming

  • Experimental Crop  Plant breeders are testing these plants to see if they could be domesticated for cultivation, but they are still in an experimental phase. Examples include milkweed and leafy spurge.
  • Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Materials, chemicals and energy include bioplastics, rubber, biomass products gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, butane, propane, biogas. Plants are usually resprouting plants and saps.
  • Management: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.

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Plant Propagation

Seed, Cuttings.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Highland chilte

Mexico, North America, USA.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Cnidoscolus aconitifoliusTree Spinach, Tread Softly, Cabbage Star, ChayaShrub5.0 9-11 FLMHSNM433

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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