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Herpetospermum pedunculosum - (Ser.)Baill.
                 
Common Name
Family Cucurbitaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forest edges, especially along trails at elevations of 1000 - 3000 metres in Nepal[272]. Thickets and forest sides on mountain slopes at elevations of 2300 - 2500 metres in Tibet[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China and Tibet.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Herpetospermum pedunculosum


Herpetospermum pedunculosum
   
Physical Characteristics
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Herpetospermum pedunculosum is a ANNUAL CLIMBER growing to 2 m (6ft 7in). It is in flower from Jul to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are 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 are pollinated by Insects.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

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - fried and then eaten[272].
Medicinal Uses


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Antiinflammatory;  Cholagogue;  Febrifuge.

The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, where they are considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[241]. Anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, choleretic and febrifuge, they are used in the treatment of piles, inflammation of the stomach and the intestines[241]. The pounded root is used to treat problems of the bile ducts[272].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by its native range, it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. Judging by its native habitat, it is likely to prefer growing along a warm sunny woodland border in Britain[K]. 241077
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and consider giving them some winter protection for at least their first winter outdoors - a simple pane of glass is usually sufficient[K].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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