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Lardizabala biternata - Ruiz.&Pav.

Common Name Zabala Fruit
Family Lardizabalaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows into trees in woodland[139, 184].
Range S. America - Chile, Peru.
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Weed Potential No
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Lardizabala biternata Zabala Fruit

Lardizabala biternata Zabala Fruit


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Physical Characteristics

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Lardizabala biternata is an evergreen Climber growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from December to February. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) 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.



Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; East Wall. By. South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and pulpy[2, 3, 11], it is considered to be a delicacy in Chile where it is collected and sold in local markets[183]. Also of interest value because of its sausage-like deep purple fruits[183]. The fruit is 5 - 8cm long[188].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses


A cordage is made from the stems[1, 61].

Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained humus-rich sandy loam in a shady protected position[200]. It requires a sunny wall according to another report[182], whilst others say that it succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188, 219]. A very ornamental plant[1], but it is only hardy in the mildest areas of Britain tolerating occasional lows to -10°c[184]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. The fruits are only formed in this country after a long hot summer[166, 219]. Plants climb by means of twining[182], they do not really need pruning[219]. The flowers can be monoecious or dioecious. Male and female flowers are carried on the same plants[188]. The edible fruit is sold in the local markets in Chile and Peru[46].


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Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in early summer and, if possible, give the plants some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm long with a heel, June/July in a frame[78]. The cuttings should be put in individual pots[78]. A good percentage[78]. Stem cuttings in spring and autumn[200].

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Readers comment

   Mon Jan 30 2006

Under physical characteristics you have "the plant not is self fertile" is there any chance of this being cleared up? is it self fertile or not?

Herbert Müller   Mon Aug 4 2008

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, ich bin aus Deutschland und habe eine große Bitte. Bin ein großer Pflanzenfreund tropischer Pflanzen und Früchte. Könnten Sie mir nicht behilflich sein, eine oder mehrere Pflanzen der Lardizabala biternata zu erwerben. Versuche es schon seit langer Zeit, ohne jeden Erfolg. Wäre Ihnen sehr dankbar wenn Sie mir dabei helfen könnten. Vielen Dank und herzliche Grüße, Herbert müller Deutschland.

Herbert Müller   Mon Aug 25 2008

Hallo, mein Name ist Herbert Müller aus Germany. Ich bin ein großer Pflanzenfreund von Tropischen Pflanzen. Ich bin seit Jahren auf der Suche nach einer "Lardizabala biternata." Meine Bitte: Könnten Sie mir nicht behilflich sein bei der Pflanzenbeschaffung? Würde großzügig bezahlen! Habe in Deutschland ein Buch über winterharte Tropenpflanzen geschrieben, und möchte unbedingt diese Pflanze nähers kennenlernen.Ich wäre Ihnen sehr dankbar wenn Sie mich bei der Beschaffung dieser Pflanze unterstützen könnten! Meine E-Mail Adresse: Herbert-Mueller36@web.de Vielen dank

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