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Coriaria microphylla - Poir.

Common Name
Family Coriariaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The seed is poisonous[1]. The plant is toxic to grazing mammals[192]. Most, if not all members of this genus are poisonous, though it is said that the fruit is safe to eat[K]..
Habitats Steep cliffs or terraces in the Andes[192]
Range Southern S. America. New Zealand.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Coriaria microphylla


Coriaria microphylla

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Coriaria microphylla is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

C. thymifolia. Humb.&Bonpl.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Hallucinogenic

The fruits are hallucinogenic[192]. When taken internally they provide sensations of flying[192].

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Other Uses

Dye  Ink  Tannin

A black ink is obtained from the leaves, it can also be used as a dye[61, 128]. The bark can also be used, it is rich in tannin. An effective ground cover plant, spreading by rhizomes to form a fern-like colony[200].

Special Uses

Ground cover  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Prefers a fairly good loamy soil in a sunny sheltered position[164, 200]. Succeeds in light shade[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is only hardy in the milder areas of the country, such as S.W. England[1], where it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c[200]. The roots of plants in this genus bear nitrogen-fixing nodules[218]. Whilst much of the nitrogen will be utilized by the growing plant, some of it will become available for other plants growing nearby[K].

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Propagation

Seed - sow February/March in a greenhouse[78]. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c[164]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage[78]. Division in spring[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Coriaria ruscifolia Shrub1.0 7-10  LMHNM20 
Coriaria sarmentosaTuhuShrub1.0 7-10  LMHNM20 
Coriaria sinica Shrub5.0 7-10  LMHSNM21 
Coriaria terminalis Shrub1.2 7-10  LMHSNM20 
Rhus coriariaElm-Leaved Sumach, Sicilian sumacShrub3.0 8-11  LMHNDM21 

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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