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Eleutherococcus gracylistylus - (W.W.Sm.)S.Y.Hu.

Common Name Wu Jia Pi
Family Araliaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wasted slopes or shrub thickets[147].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Eleutherococcus gracylistylus Wu Jia Pi


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Eleutherococcus gracylistylus Wu Jia Pi

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Eleutherococcus gracylistylus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

Synonyms

Acanthopanax gracylistylus. W.W.Sm.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers.
Edible Uses:

Flowers[177]. No more details are given.

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Antirheumatic;  Diuretic;  Miscellany.

The leafy shoots are tonic and are also believed to alleviate internal injuries by dispelling blood[218]. The root bark is antibacterial, antirheumatic and diuretic[176]. It is used in the treatment of arthritis, backache and a host of other ailments. A medicinal wine made from it is commonly on sale in China[218]. A decoction of the stem bark or the roots is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, aches and pains in the back and legs, open sores on the scrotum, beriberi and traumatic injuries[147]. The plant is aphrodisiac, nutritive and tonic[218].

Other Uses

Miscellany.

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in an open loamy soil[1], preferring a well-drained humus-rich soil in full sun[200]. Tolerates poor soils and atmospheric pollution[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -10 to -15°c if they are sheltered from cold winds[200]. This species is closely related to E. sieboldianus[200].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame[200]. It can be slow to germinate. Stored seed requires 6 months warm followed by 3 months cold stratification[113] and can be very slow to germinate[133]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[113, 200]. Cuttings of ripe wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 30cm long in a cold frame[238]. Root cuttings in late winter[200]. Division of suckers in the dormant season[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

(W.W.Sm.)S.Y.Hu.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

Rosalie   Wed Mar 8 2006

Hello, I have a very old bottle of wu jia pi wine, which should have some Eleutherococcus gracylistylus (wu jia pi) and was interested in its medicinal properties. I found this webpage http://alternativehealing.org/wuJiaPi.htm about the herb. It cautions that the wu jia pi wine is made from a different herb of the Sclepiadaceae family called northern wu jia pi; this northern stuff is apparently toxic, according to research done by Zhao Zi Huang. I can't find further information on Zhao Zi Huang or his/her work. Another site lists this northern herb as Xiang jia pi/ periploca sepium (http://www.mayway.com/general/faq_chinese_medicine.htm) and also comments on its toxicity. Does anyone know more about this? Is Eleutherococcus gracylistylus still available?

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