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Daphne papyracea - Wall. ex Steud.

Common Name
Family Thymelaeaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[76, 200]. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people[65, 200].
Habitats Forests, 1200 - 2800 metres[158]. Shaded places in forested areas at elevations of 1500 - 3200 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to C. Nepal..
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Daphne papyracea


Daphne papyracea

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Daphne papyracea is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from January to April. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Suitable for: 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). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

D. cannabina. pro parte. D. odora. Don. non Thunb. D. papyrifera. pro parte.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Bitter;  Febrifuge;  Purgative.

The plant is bitter, febrifuge and purgative[240, 243]. The reports do not say which part of the plant is used.

Other Uses

Paper.

The inner bark is used in the manufacture of, or as a paper[1, 11, 158, 171]. It is one of the principle sources of Nepalese hand-made paper[272].

Cultivation details

Prefers a cool lime-free well-drained sandy loam and a sunny position[1, 11]. Succeeds in neutral soils[11] and tolerates partial shade[200]. Likes plenty of moisture in the growing season[11]. A good sandy loam and a sunny position suits most members of this genus[11]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Closely related to D. bholua[11]. The flowers are fragrant[272]. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible[188].

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe with the pot sealed in a polythene bag to hold in the moisture. Remove this bag as soon as germination takes place[164]. The seed usually germinates better if it is harvested 'green' (when it has fully developed but before it dries on the plant) and sown immediately. Germination should normally take place by spring, though it sometimes takes a further year. Stored seed is more problematic. It should be warm stratified for 8 - 12 weeks at 20°c followed by 12 - 14 weeks at 3°c. Germination may still take another 12 months or more at 15°c[164]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for their first winter and then plant out in spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Other Names

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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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Daphne gnidiumFlax-Leaved Daphne01
Daphne involucrata 00
Daphne laureolaSpurge Laurel01
Daphne mezereumMezereon, Paradise plant, February Daphne02
Daphne odoraWinter Daphne, Fragrant Daphne02
Daphne oleoides 11
Daphne pseudomezereum 00
Salix daphnoidesViolet Willow, Daphne willow12

 

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