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Ranunculus japonicus - Thunb.

Common Name Mao Gen
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The leaves are poisonous. The toxicity is of a low measure and the toxins can be destroyed by heat or by drying[4, 10, 13, 19, 62, 65]. Many if not all plants in this genus also have a strongly acrid juice that can cause blistering to the skin[65, 183].
Habitats Moist soils in grassy places in lowland and mountains all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ranunculus japonicus Mao Gen


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Ranunculus japonicus Mao Gen

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ranunculus japonicus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. 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

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked[105]. The leaves contain a low level of toxicity that is not enough to be injurious[179].

Medicinal Uses



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Antiperiodic;  Antitumor;  Decongestant;  Vermifuge.

The plant is decongestant and vermicide[147, 218]. It is used in the treatment of malaria[147, 218]. The plant contains antitumour compounds[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of the country. It is clsely related to R. acris[266]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a moist loamy soil[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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