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Millettia reticulata - Benth.
                 
Common Name Ji Xue Teng
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp shady places[147]. Thickets on slopes and in valleys at elevations of 100 - 950 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - S. China.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Millettia reticulata Ji Xue Teng


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Physical Characteristics
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Millettia reticulata is a deciduous Climber growing to 5 m (16ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.It can fix Nitrogen.
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.

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Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Emmenagogue;  Miscellany;  Oxytoxic;  Stomachic;  Tonic.

Ji Xue Teng is classified in Chinese herbalism as a plant that invigorates the blood. It is used mainly to treat menstrual problems, relieving pain and normalizing an irregular or absent cycle[254]. The roots and the vines are emmenagogue and stomachic[147]. A decoction is used in the treatment of stomach aches, breathlessness, anaemia in women, menstrual irregularities, vaginal discharge (bloody discharge and leucorrhoea), numbness and paralysis, backache and pain in the knees, seminal emission, gonorrhoea and stomach ache[147, 176]. The plant is used as a tonic to induce the growth of red blood cells[147, 218]. The plant contains the antitumour compound rotenone[218].
Other Uses
Insecticide;  Miscellany.

The plant contains rotenone, which is used as an insecticide[218].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in full sun in a fertile moisture-retentive but well-drained soil[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c and down to about -15°c when given the protection of a warm sunny wall[200]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[200].
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a greenhouse in spring. 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. Layering in spring. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with the leaves removed, July/August in moist sand in a frame[200].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Sarah Orlowski Thu Jan 15 2009
Milletia reticulata is recommended in the herbal treatment of pancreatic cancer. Does anyone have any information regarding this?
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