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Coriaria napalensis - Wall.

Common Name
Family Coriariaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The seed is poisonous[1, 177]. Although we have no more information, it is reasonable to assume that other parts of the plant are also toxic.
Habitats Forests and shrubberies, mainly on the outskirts of the forests, 1000 - 2700 metres[51]. Plants are found at elevations up to 3300 metres in Sikkim[146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to S.W. China.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Coriaria napalensis


Coriaria napalensis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Coriaria napalensis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in May. 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

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or used as a beverage[145, 146, 272]. Use with great caution since most parts of the plant, including the seed, are very toxic[177]. Some reports suggest it is safer not to use the fruit at all[11]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses

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Stomachic

The juice of the bark is used in the treatment of stomach aches[272]. Some cauion is advised - see notes above on toxicity[K].

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Other Uses

Basketry  Dye  Ink  Tannin  Wood

The wood contains a considerable quantity of tannin[146, 272]. The leaves contain 20% tannin[240]. The branches are used for making baskets[272]. Wood - hard, beautifully marked, takes a good polish. Used for picture frames and other small articles[146, 158].

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

Cultivation details

Prefers a fairly good loamy soil in a sheltered position in full sun or light shade[11, 164, 200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to about -5°c[200]. According to one report plants succeed at Kew but are frequently cut to the ground in severe winters though they resprout from the base[11, 200]. This new growth does not flower in its first year[182]. However, a medium-size tree seen at Kew in 1990 seemed to have survived many winters without untoward damage[K]. 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].

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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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Coriaria microphylla Shrub1.2 7-10  LMHSNM01 
Coriaria myrtifoliaRedoulShrub1.8 7-10  LMHSNM00 
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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