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Coptis teeta - Wall.

Common Name Yun Lian
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Although no specific mention of toxicity has been found for this species, it belongs to a family that contains many species that are mildly toxic and so it is wise to treat this plant with some caution.
Habitats Evergreen broad-leaved forests at elevations of 1500 - 2300 metres in NW Yunnan[266].
Range E. Asia - N. China to the temperate regions of the Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Coptis teeta Yun Lian


Coptis teeta Yun Lian

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Coptis teeta is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 6in). It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit[177]. No more details are given but some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Anaesthetic;  Analgesic;  Antibacterial;  Antispasmodic;  Febrifuge;  Ophthalmic;  Pectoral.


The root is a pungent, very bitter, cooling herb that controls bacterial and viral infections, relaxes spasms, lowers fevers and stimulates the circulation[238]. It is locally analgesic and anaesthetic[238] and is used in Chinese medicine as a general panacea with alterative, ophthalmic and pectoral activity[178]. The root contains several compounds that are effective in inhibiting various bacteria and they are a safe and effective treatment for many ailments, such as some forms of dysentery, that are caused by bacteria[218]. The root is harvested in the autumn and can be used fresh or dried[238].

Other Uses

Can be grown as a ground cover plant in the peat garden[200].

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. It is cultivated as a medicinal plant in China[178]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in a light moist humus-rich slightly acidic soil with a northerly aspect or light shade[1, 200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in an ericaceous compost[164]. Seal the pot in a polythene bag until germination takes place, which is usually within 1 - 6 months at 10°c[164]. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible. Four weeks cold stratification may be beneficial[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in mid-autumn or in spring. 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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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Shahul hameed   Thu Dec 6 2007

In English, it is called as Golden Thread Root.

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Leu   Tue Mar 18 2008

Coptis teeta, an important medicinal plant, which distribute range is: altitude2000-2700m, in China and India. We are interesting in it propagation and cultivation. I'm very glad to discuss it's resources exploitation utilization. E-mail: ynndlew@126.com

aungminthan   Sat Aug 8 2009

My name is aungminthan .I live in myanmar .I want to konw about coptis teeta

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