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Ripogonum scandens - J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Common Name Supple Jack
Family Smilacaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland podocarp and broad-leaved forests on North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade
Ripogonum scandens Supple Jack


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Ripogonum scandens Supple Jack

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ripogonum scandens is an evergreen Climber growing to 10 m (32ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Leaves  Root  Sap  Shoots
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. It is rich in starch[105]. The root is very fibrous and is used as a flavouring for beer[173]. Fruit - raw or cooked. Dry and uninteresting[153, 173]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[200]. Young shoots - cooked. They taste like fresh green beans[173]. Sap. It is obtained by blowing it out of short cut sections of the stem[173].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic  Skin  Stomachic  Vulnerary

Antirheumatic, skin, stomachic, vulnerary[61]. The burnt stems and sap are used to cauterize wounds[61].

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Other Uses

Basketry  String

The stems are used in basket making and also to make rope ladders[44, 46, 61, 128]. The stems are strong enough to be used as they are to make a rope[128].

Special Uses

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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 is unlikely to succeed outdoors in Britain in any but the mildest areas of the country. Plants do not take kindly to cultivation, but a rich soil and shade are probably the best conditions for it[1].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse. Sow stored seed in a warm greenhouse in the spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in the greenhouse. Plant out in early summer. Division.

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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

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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