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Metaplexis japonica - (Thunb.)Makino.
                 
Common Name Rough potato
Family Asclepiadaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny slopes and thickets in hills and low mountains[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Metaplexis japonica Rough potato


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Metaplexis japonica Rough potato
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Physical Characteristics
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Metaplexis japonica is a deciduous Climber growing to 8 m (26ft 3in).
It is frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. 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
M. chinensis. M. stauntonii. Pergularia japonica. Urostelma chinense.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[105, 178, 179]. Young fruits - raw or pickled[105]. Root - cooked[46, 61, 105].
Medicinal Uses


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Astringent;  Haemostatic;  Tonic.

The seed and the leaves are haemostatic and tonic[178, 218]. The hairs on the seeds are styptic whilst the pounded leaves are applied to abscesses and swellings[218]. The stems and roots are used as medicine for traumatic injury, snake bites, impotence, and infantile malnutrition due to intestinal parasites[266].
Other Uses
Stuffing.

The seed hairs could possibly be used as a stuffing material for pillows etc[1, K].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, the plants succeed outdoors in south-west England but are apt to be cut to the ground by severe frosts[1, 11]. Cultivated as a vegetable in China[178].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a greenhouse. 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. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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