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Agriophyllum squarrosum - (L.)Moq.

Common Name Sand Rice
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dunes and sandy places in northern China[266].
Range E. Asia - Siberia to Mongolia
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Agriophyllum squarrosum Sand Rice


Agriophyllum squarrosum Sand Rice

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Agriophyllum squarrosum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in). It is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. 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

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[2, 46, 105]. An important local food[61].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by its native range, it is likely to succeed outdoors as a spring sown annual at least in the drier eastern areas of the country. The plant is likely to require a very well drained soil and a sunny position[K].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but would recommend sowing the seed in the spring. If you have sufficient seed, then an outdoor sowing in situ in late spring would probably work, otherwise sow the seed in pots in a greenhouse in early spring, pricking out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and planting them out in late spring after the last expected frost[K].

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Found In

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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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Botanical References

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Readers comment

shirley barker   Tue Aug 5 2008

Author Mildred Cable mentions this plant in The Gobi Desert. She calls it indigenous and a life saver, as the seeds need no processing to make porridge.

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