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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos - (L.)Ledeb.

Common Name
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Seaside bogs of the Caspian littoral, along the west and south coasts[74].
Range Europe - Italy to the Caspian sea.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Kosteletzkya pentacarpos


Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Oil;  Root.
Edible Uses: Egg;  Oil;  Tea.

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 4, 100]. They are used as a potherb or to thicken soups[62, 183]. The leaves can be eaten raw but are rather fibrous and somewhat hairy, though the taste is pleasant[K]. Flowers - raw. Added to salads[61]. The following uses are recorded for Althaea officinalis, they are said to also apply to this species[61]:- Root - raw or cooked[61]. When boiled and then fried with onions it is said to make a palatable dish that is often used in times of shortage[4]. The root is used as a vegetable[62, 141, 183], it is also dried then ground into a powder, made into a paste and roasted to make the sweet 'marshmallow'[4, 5, 7, 17, 61]. The water left over from cooking any part of the plant can be used as an egg-white substitute in making meringues etc[62]. The water from the root is the most effective[183], it is concentrated by boiling until it has a similar consistency to egg white. A tea is made from the flowers[183]. A tea can also be made from the root[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Adhesive;  Fibre;  Oil.

A strong fibre is obtained from the stems. It is used for making string, nets etc[74]. The following uses are recorded for Althaea officinalis, they are said to also apply to this species[61]:- A glue can be made from the root[74]. An oil from the seed is used in making paints and varnishes[74].

Cultivation details

Prefers a deep rich moist sandy soil in a warm sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Other Names

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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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(L.)Ledeb.

Botanical References

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Rajyaguru Mahesh R.   Fri Dec 8 2006

We are engaged in the research work related to halophytges. Good informatation over the plant.

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute Working on Haqlphytes, Biodisel and phyto salinity as well as cultivation of Marine Algae

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