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Cyphomandra fragrans - (Hook.)Sendtn.
                 
Common Name
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards The unripe fruit is slightly toxic.
Habitats Not known
Range S. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Cyphomandra fragrans


Cyphomandra fragrans
   
Physical Characteristics
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Cyphomandra fragrans 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

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

Fruit - raw or cooked. Somewhat acid, the fruit is juicy and resembles a tree tomato in flavour[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 it is hardier than the related tree tomato (C. betacea) and it should 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 has a greater tolerance to powdery mildew than the tree tomato and a smaller more robust stature[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
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Cyphomandra betaceaTree Tomato30
Cyphomandra casanaCasana30
Cyphomandra hartwegiiHartweg's cyphomandra,Calylophus30
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Elizabeth H.
Marilyn Collins-Dawson Wed Feb 28 2007
we have heard that small amounts of the pollen of this plant may cause very accute pain in the eyes. Do you have any comment on this please as one of our family did experience such pain and suspects this is the reason.
Elizabeth H.
Ken Fern, Plants for a Future Mon Mar 5 2007
Having trawled the web, I can find no information on the pollen causing severe eye irritation. Obviously, getting dust, or pollen, in the eye can be very uncomfortable, but is there a chance that substances in the pollen are adding to this discomfort? I would be interested to hear if any one who reads this has any more information.
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