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Thladiantha dubia - Bunge.

Common Name Red Hailstone, Manchu tubergourd
Family Cucurbitaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Riparian meadows and sandy coasts[74]. Forest sides and valleys at elevations of 300 - 1800 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - N.E. China, Korea. Naturalized in C. and S.E. Europe[50].
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Thladiantha dubia Red Hailstone, Manchu tubergourd


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Thladiantha dubia is a PERENNIAL CLIMBER growing to 2 m (6ft 7in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Succulent[2, 177]. The oblong fruit is about 4cm long and 2.5cm wide[200]. Young plant - cooked[105, 178]. Root[178]. No further details are given.

Medicinal Uses



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Alterative;  Astringent;  Cardiotonic;  Cholagogue;  Diuretic;  Galactogogue.

The seed is a cardiac tonic and an astringent[178, 218]. The root is alterative, cholagogue, diuretic and galactogogue[178, 218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in almost any soil that is well-drained[1, 200]. Prefers a fertile soil in a sunny but sheltered position[188]. Hardy to about -20°c[187]. Although the plant is hardy, it grows better on a sunny wall[1]. A fast-growing plant, climbing by means of tendrils[188]. It grows well on fences etc and can be used as a screen over unsightly objects, though it dies back to the roots each winter[233]. The young shoots require protection (the report does not specify from what)[187]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if fruit and seed is required.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[K]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots of fairly rich soil and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Division of tubers in spring or autumn. The tubers can be harvested in the autumn and stored in a cool frost-free place overwinter then planted out in the spring[K].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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