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Trichosanthes multiloba - Miq.

Common Name
Family Cucurbitaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found at elevations between 600 and 1,800 metres in the Himalayas
Range E. Asia - China, central and southern Japan and the eastern Himalayas.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Full sun
Trichosanthes multiloba


Trichosanthes multiloba

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Trichosanthes multiloba is a PERENNIAL CLIMBER at a fast rate.
It is frost tender. It is in flower from July to September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Insects.
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.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil  Root
Edible Uses: Oil

An edible starch is obtained from the root[183]. It requires leeching[179]. The root is harvested in the autumn, cut into thick slices, soaked for 4 - 5 days in water, changing the water daily until the root disintegrates and can be mashed into a fine pulp. It is then steamed into cakes or used for making dumplings[177, 178, 179]. The starch is mixed with wheat or rice flour and made into crackers, dumplings, noodles etc.

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Medicinal Uses

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Antitussive  Astringent  Diuretic  Febrifuge  Tonic

Antitussive, astringent, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic[178].

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Other Uses

Oil

An oil from the seed is used for lighting[178].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a rich well-drained soil and plenty of moisture in the growing season[1, 200]. This species is not winter hardy in Britain and usually requires greenhouse cultivation. However, it may be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual in a very warm sheltered bed outdoors[1]. Closely related to T. palmata, and possibly no more than a form of that species, it differs only in its fruit.

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Propagation

Seed - sow March in pots in a warm greenhouse in a rich soil. Sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot and thin to the strongest plant. Grow them on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts. Give some protection, such as a frame or cloche, until the plants are growing away well.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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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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