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Celastrus dependens - Wall.
                 
Common Name
Family Celastraceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open moist places to elevations of 300 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - S.W. China to the Himalayas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Celastrus dependens


Celastrus dependens
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Celastrus dependens is a deciduous Climber.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. paniculatus. Willd.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil.

The young flowers are used as a vegetable[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Abortifacient;  Analgesic;  Antidote;  Aphrodisiac;  Bitter;  Cancer;  Diaphoretic;  Emetic;  
Emmenagogue;  Laxative;  Stimulant;  Tonic.

The plant is used as an antidote to opium[218]. It is also considered to be analgesic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, emetic, emmenagogue, stimulant and tonic[218]. The bark is abortifacient[240]. The juice from the bark is used in the treatment of indigestion[272]. The seed is aphrodisiac, bitter, emetic, laxative and stimulant[240]. It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, leprosy, gout, fevers and paralysis[240, 272]. The oil from the seed is a powerful stimulant. It is used in the treatment of beriberi[240]. Many plants in this genus contain compounds of interest for their antitumour activity[218].
Other Uses
Oil.

The seed contains 52% oil, and the fruit 30%[240]. This oil is used medicinally (see notes above), we do not know if it has any other applications[K].
Cultivation details
Prefers a deep loamy soil[11]. A gross feeder, it requires a rich soil[11]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. A rampant climber, it requires ample space and is best grown into an old tree[1, 200]. Fruits best when its top growth is in a sunny position[182]. Plants climb by means of twining and by hooked prickles[182]. They do not normally require pruning[219]. This species is closely related to C. scandens[200]. Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Propagation
Seed - gather when ripe, store in dry sand and sow February in a warm greenhouse[78]. Three months cold stratification leads to a higher germination rate[113]. Remove the aril since this inhibits germination[113]. Germination rates are usually good[78]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Layering in August of the current seasons growth. Takes 12 months[78]. Root cuttings, 6mm thick 25mm long in December. Plant horizontally in pots in a frame[78].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Celastrus angulatus 01
Celastrus flagellaris 11
Celastrus orbiculatusOriental Bittersweet12
Celastrus scandensClimbing Bittersweet, American bittersweet22
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Elizabeth H.
kamal saini Wed Apr 6 10:34:38 2005
sir,i am also working on celastrus. the information here is mmuch benefical .
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