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Stilbocarpa polaris - (Homb.&Jacq.)Gray.

Common Name
Family Araliaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grows in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand[44].
Range New Zealand.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Stilbocarpa polaris


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Stilbocarpa polaris is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft). 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) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Aralia polaris.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Stem
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105]. The long roots are saccharine and have been used by ship-wrecked sailors as sustenance for lengthened periods[2, 173]. Leaf stems - cooked. A celery flavour[173]. Leaves - cooked[173]. They taste like wet blotting paper[173].

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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

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 should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. One report says that it is possibly worthy of cultivation as an edible plant in cold countries[173]. The plant is likely to be very wind tolerant, probably of maritime exposure, but we do not know what other cultivation requirements it might have.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in late winter in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting out in late spring or early summer. Division can be tried in spring.

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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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Author

(Homb.&Jacq.)Gray.

Botanical References

44

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Readers comment

Robert Berg   Sun Sep 23 2007

Where and how would i go about purchasing a Stilbocarpa plant or seeds?

Carol Vanderschaaf   Wed Oct 17 2007

In the book, Island of the Lost, by Joan Druett, this plant is mentioned as having teeth whitening properties when eaten by shipwreck survivors in the 1860's. Anyone have more information about this?

robert donaldson   Tue Apr 22 2008

I like Carol have read Island of the lost,by Joan Druet,I'd like to know more about the whitening properties as well.And could it be grown in Sydney.my email is [email protected] thankyou bob

mikayla   Wed Oct 22 2008

It seems that stilbocarpa is a little-known about plant...where could I find more info about it?

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