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Prinsepia utilis - Royle.
                 
Common Name
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forest, scrub and hedges, 1200 - 2700 metres[51]. Usually found in sunny open places on dry hillsides near any spring or water-course[146, 158].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to W. China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Prinsepia utilis


Prinsepia utilis
   
Physical Characteristics
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Prinsepia utilis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3.5 m (11ft) by 3 m (9ft). It is in flower in February, and the seeds ripen in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. 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; Hedge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Oil;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil;  Oil.

Fruit - raw or cooked[1, 2, 177, 183]. Liked by children[272]. Sloe-like[146], it has rather an astringent flavour[K]. The fruit is up to 17mm long and contains a single large seed[K]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[2, 51, 105, 146]. It is used in cooking[183, 272].
Medicinal Uses


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Miscellany;  Rubefacient;  Skin.

An oil from the seed is rubefacient[240]. It is applied externally as a treatment for rheumatism and muscular pain caused by hard work[240]. The oil is also applied to the forehead and temples in the treatment of coughs and colds[272]. The heated oilcake is applied as a poultice to the abdomen in the treatment of stomachaches[272]. A paste of this seedcake is used as a poultice to treat ringworm or eczema[272]. The fruit is used in Chinese medicine[129]. We have no more details.
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge;  Miscellany;  Oil;  Oil;  Paint;  Soil stabilization;  Wood.

The seed contains 21% of a fatty oil[240]. As well as being edible, it can also be used for lighting[2, 146, 158, 272]. The oilcake is used for washing clothes[272]. A deep purple colour btained from the fruits is used for painting windows and walls[272]. Plants are grown as a hedge in the Himalayas[1, 272]. Plants have an extensive root system and are used for binding the soil[272]. Wood - very hard, compact, very liable to split[158].
Cultivation details
Agroforestry Services: Living fence;  Management: Standard;  Regional Crop;  Staple Crop: Oil.

Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. Requires a light not too fertile soil[11]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c[184]. The plants produce flowers and fruits better when they are growing in full sun[200]. Flowers are produced on the previous seasons wood[200] and can be produced in the autumn as well as the spring. The flowers are produced on the current years wood according to another report[182]. Autumn flowers can produce ripe fruit in the following spring. Unfortunately, the plants only produce fruit in Britain after long hot summers[200].
Propagation
Seed - best if given 2 months cold stratification[113]. Sow the seed in autumn if possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring in a cold frame in light shade. Germination may be inhibited by light[113]. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle into individual pots. Grow them on in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Leo Aerts Thu Feb 12 2009
Seems to be a real nice shrub for my little jungle here in Flanders. So here I start searching for seeds. Is there anybody who can help? Of course, cuttings would even be better. Best greetings, Gaardenier Mortsel
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