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Cyphomandra casana - A.Child.
                 
Common Name Casana
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The unripe fruit is slightly toxic.
Habitats Edges of rainforests in highland regions.
Range S. America - Ecuador.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Cyphomandra casana Casana


Cyphomandra casana Casana
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cyphomandra casana is an evergreen Tree growing to 2 m (6ft 7in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is 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
C. cajanumensis.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy, the flavour is said to be like a blend of peach and tomato[196].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a sunny position in any well-drained soil[196]. Prefers a light fertile soil[196]. Dislikes drought[196]. Plants are very prone to wind damage[196]. Plants fruit best with cool temperatures in the growing season[196]. This species is probably not hardy in Britain, but like the related tree tomato it might be possible to grow it outdoors in the summer and bring it into a warmer place for the winter. Plants are probably insensitive to day-length[196]. Very fast growing, it starts to fruit within two years from seed and reaches peak production in 3 - 4 years[196]. Trees are, however, short-lived and start to degenerate after about 8 years[196]. This species could be a valuable source of gene material for qualities such as nematode resistance, root rot resistance, fragrance, flavour, colour and yield[196]. Plants have a shallow spreading root system and resent surface hoeing, they are best given a good mulch[196]. Plants usually ripe their fruit over a period of time, though pruning methods can be used to produce a peak time of fruiting[196]. The leaves have a pungent smell[196]. Plants are subject to attacks by red spider mites.
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates within 4 weeks at 15°c[K], within 2 weeks at 25°c[164]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the 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. Cuttings of greenwood in a frame[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
david nicholls Mon Dec 4 2006
"Cannot grow in shade" ? According to L Glowinski (The complete book of Friut Growing in Australia(my favorite source of reliable info aside from this site)) Casana grows in shady places in it's native Ecuador. I'm growing one where it gets a few hours sun a day, does not seem to be thriving but it's too soon to be sure. I grew one with about 3-5 hours sun years ago, it grew like a rocket but I had to leave the property before I could see if it fruited. I'm sure I've read elsewhere it likes shade, might be worth a try. -Wellington, New Zealand
Elizabeth H.
Ken Fern, Plants for a Future. Tue Dec 5 2006
Certainly, in warm sunny climates this plant will do well in light to moderate shade. However, when growing it in cooler regions, it is likely to need all the warmth it can get in order to have any chance of flowering and ripening its fruit.
Elizabeth H.
david Mon Dec 4 2006
"Cannot grow in shade" ? According to L Glowinski (The complete book of Friut Growing in Australia(my favorite source of reliable info aside from this site)) Casana grows in shady places in it's native Ecuador. I'm growing one where it gets a few hours sun a day, does not seem to be thriving but it's too soon to be sure. I grew one with about 3-5 hours sun years ago, it grew like a rocket but I had to leave the property before I could see if it fruited. I'm sure I've read elsewhere it likes shade, might be worth a try. David Nicholls Wellington New Zealand
Elizabeth H.
John Sojka Thu Jan 31 2008
I am desperately trying to get some Casana seeds. I live in Albany Western Australia - can anyone help me?
Elizabeth H.
David Nicholls Mon Mar 10 2008
Yes, in response to Kens comment about my comment above, in full sun the Casana is doing 100x better. Maybe the one that grew likw a rocket had more sun than I remembered.David, Wellington, New Zealand
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