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Chiococca alba - (L.) Hitchc.

Common Name West Indian Snow Berry, David's rot, Skunk-root, Snowberry.
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Tropical moist forests[315 ].
Range S. America from Bolivia north through Central America to Florida and the West Indies.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Chiococca alba West Indian Snow Berry, David


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Chiococca alba West Indian Snow Berry, David
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chiococca alba is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft) by 7 m (23ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Chiococca anguifuga DC. Chiococca racemosa L.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The herb is used in some regions for treating snake bites[46 ]. The root is a drastic purgative[348 ]. The roots have several uses in herbal medicine, including as a laxative, diuretic, emetic, and antidiarrhoeal. The plant was sold commercially in Europe and the United States for those purposes at one time.

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Other Uses

C. alba is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental for its dark green, evergreen foliage and white drupes. It is used in espalier and grown on trellises.

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Experimental Crop  Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Management: Coppice

A plant of the humid tropics[200 ].

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: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Acetillo, Arito, Cainana, Cainca, Caninana, David's milkberry, West Indian milkberry, cahinca and West Indian snowberry.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, North America, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, South America, Uruguay, USA, West Indies

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Least Concern

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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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A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.

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