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Chondrilla ambigua - Fisch.

Common Name Chondrilla, Sha di fen bao ju
Family Asteraceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Sand dunes, gravel and loess areas; 300-800 m. Xinjiang - Kazakhstan, Russia (Southern European), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Range Northern Middle Asia.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Chondrilla ambigua Chondrilla, Sha di fen bao ju


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chondrilla ambigua is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor 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

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

Possibly a hydrocarbon latex crop. The species was experimentally cultivated in the USSR during the years 1929–1937 as a source of rubber. 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].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Experimental Crop  Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Management: Hay

Climate: cold to warm temperate. Humidity: semi-arid to humid. A woody, broomlike perennial herb usually growing to 0.5m but can reach 1m high. It has a taproot which can be very deep and highly branched. Usually found in Sand dunes, gravel and loess (a type of silt which forms fertile topsoil - The soil has few clay particles to hold it together) areas; Grows at 300-800m in the wild. Needs a well drained dry to moist soil. This genus is closely related to the dandelions of genus Taraxacum. Plants of both genera undergo apomixis, producing fertile seeds via asexual reproduction. Carbon Farming Solutions - Cultivation: experimental. Management: hay (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: Hay  Cut to the ground and harvested annually. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.

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Plant Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Chondrilla, Sha di fen bao ju, Chondrilla ambigua

Asia-Temperate: Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan); Turkmenistan (Turkmenistan); Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan); Xinjiang (Xinjiang) Europe: South European Russia (South European Russia)

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

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

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Chondrilla chondrilloides Perennial0.3 -  LMNDM10 
Chondrilla junceaNaked Weed, Rush skeletonweedBiennial/Perennial1.0 0-0  LMNDM310

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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