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Megacarpaea polyandra - Benth.

Common Name
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alpine meadows and open forests, 3000 - 4300 metres[187].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Kashmir to C. Nepal.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Megacarpaea polyandra


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Megacarpaea polyandra

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Megacarpaea polyandra is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Shoots
Edible Uses: Condiment

The plant is eaten as a vegetable[183]. The young shoots and leaves are eaten cooked[1, 51, 145, 266, 272]. The root is used as a condiment[1, 177, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained but deep rich soil that is dry in the summer and a position in full sun[187, 200]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. The flowers are normally hermaphrodite but are sometimes monoecious or reduced[200]. Plants take many years to flower from seed and are possibly monocarpic[187].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame if this is possible. Otherwise sow it in early spring in a cold frame. Prick the seedlings out into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Root cuttings may succeed[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Megacarpaea delavayi Perennial0.8 -  LMNM10 
Megacarpaea gigantea Perennial1.8 -  LMNM30 
Megacarpaea megalocarpa Perennial0.3 6-9  LMNDM30 

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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