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Melicope ternata - J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Common Name
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal to lowland forest, especially marginal, North and South Islands south to latitude 41° 30' south[44].
Range New Zealand.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Melicope ternata


Melicope ternata

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Melicope ternata is an evergreen Tree growing to 6 m (19ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum

The plant yields an edible gum that is used for chewing[46, 61, 173, 177]. It sweetens the breath[173].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antihalitosis

Antihalitosis[173].

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Other Uses

Gum

None known

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, but it only succeeds outdoors on a sunny wall in the warmest areas of Britain[166, 182]. It requires a sandy freely-draining lime-free soil and a position sheltered from hot drying winds[200]. Plants are not very frost hardy and are often defoliated in cold winters[245]. They are best grown in pots that are put outdoors in the summer and brought into a conservatory for the winter[200]. The bruised leaves have a pungent smell of oranges[245].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. 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. Consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

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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Author

J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Botanical References

44200

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