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Debregeasia longifolia - (Burm.f.)Wedd.

Common Name Wild Rhea
Family Urticaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Mainly found on old cultivated land to 2100 metres in the Himalayas[146]. Along the banks of streams at elevations of 500 - 2200 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Debregeasia longifolia Wild Rhea


Debregeasia longifolia Wild Rhea

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Debregeasia longifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from October to February. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant).
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). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

D. velutina. Gaud.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[158, 177, 272]. The fruit is up to 12mm in diameter[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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Parasiticide

The juice of the leaves is applied to areas of the skin affected by scabies[272].

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Other Uses

Fibre  Parasiticide

A strong fibre is obtained from the stem bark[272]. It is used for making twine and rope[146, 158]. Wood is used mainly for fuel[272].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[200]. Plants tolerate occasional lows to about -5°c[260]. This species is probably not very hardy in Britain and will probably require greenhouse protection, though it might be possible to grow it outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, especially if it is given the protection of a warm wall. A very variable species[266]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.

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Propagation

Seed - sow late winter to mid-summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[175]. 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. Softwood cuttings in early summer[1].

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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
Debregeasia edulis Shrub0.0 0-0  LMHSM210
Debregeasia hypoleuca Shrub5.0 7-10  LMHSM20 
Debregeasia wallichiana Tree5.0 -  LMHSM00 

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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(Burm.f.)Wedd.

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200266

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