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Streptopus amplexifolius - (L.)DC.
                 
Common Name Wild Cucumber, Claspleaf twistedstalk, Tubercle twistedstalk
Family Convallariaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet sub-alpine woods[50, 187]. Moist woods and thickets[43, 50]. Rich moist coniferous and deciduous woods at elevations of 0 - 2800 metres in America[270].
Range Europe to E. Asia and N. America - Alaska to North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade

Summary

Streptopus amplexifolius Wild Cucumber, Claspleaf twistedstalk, Tubercle twistedstalk


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Streptopus amplexifolius Wild Cucumber, Claspleaf twistedstalk, Tubercle twistedstalk
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Physical Characteristics
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Streptopus amplexifolius is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
S. distortus.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked in soups and stews[105, 161, 172]. Juicy with a cucumber flavour[183], they are reported to be slightly cathartic when growing in certain areas only[183]. The fruit is laxative if eaten in large quantities according to another report[172]. The oval berry is up to 15mm long[235]. Tender young shoots - raw in salads or cooked like asparagus[177, 183, 257]. A cucumber-like flavour[172, 183]. Root - raw. It is sometimes used in salads for its cucumber flavour[105, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses


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Analgesic;  Appetizer;  Cathartic;  Haemostatic;  Kidney;  Oxytoxic;  Stomachic;  VD.


The fruit is cathartic[172, 207]. An infusion of the stems and fruit has been used to treat 'sickness in general'[257]. The plant is tonic[257]. An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat stomach complaints and loss of appetite[257]. A compound infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of spitting up of blood, kidney problems and gonorrhoea[257]. The root has been chewed in order to induce labour in cases of protracted delay[257]. A compound infusion of the root has been used as an analgesic in the treatment of internal pain[257].
Other Uses
Incense.

The plant has been tied to the clothes, body or hair and used as a scent[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a cool leafy soil in shade or partial shade[187]. Thrives in a moist light soil containing organic matter[1]. Hardy to at least -20°c. A polymorphic species, there are many sub-species[43].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the summer[200]. Sow stored seed in a cold frame as soon as it is received. The seed, especially if it has been stored, can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse or cold frame. It will normally take 2 or more growing seasons before the roots are large enough to plant out - this is best done when the plant is dormant in the autumn. Division as the plant comes into growth in early spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame for their first year, planting them out in the following spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Author
(L.)DC.
Botanical References
4350200
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Elizabeth H.
kevin w chubb Fri Jun 1 2007
Streptopus amplexifolius - does anyone know of a supplier of wild cucumber in uk or does anyone grow it many thanks kevin w chubb inroads 43 lower cathedral rd riverside cardiff cf11 6lw 029 20 40 7 40 7
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