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Uses

Toxic parts

Although no specific reports have been seen for this species, many, if not all, members of this genus contain toxic resinoids, alkaloids and cardiac glycosides[1]. They are usually avoided by grazing animals[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Flower buds - cooked as potherbs or added to soups[2].

Young shoots and leaves - cooked as potherbs or added to soups[2]. Young seed pods, 3 - 4 cm long, cooked[2]. Flower clusters can be boiled down to make a sugary syrup[2].

A chewing gum can be made from the latex contained in the stem and leaves, but it is possibly toxic[2].

Flowers

Unknown part

Leaves

Seedpod

Material uses

The following reports refer to other members of this genus and are possibly also appropriate for this species[K].

A good quality fibre is obtained from the bark, used in making twine, cloth, paper etc[3][4][5]. It is of poor quality in wet seasons[4]. It is easily harvested in late autumn after the plant has died down by simply pulling the fibres off the dried stems[5]. The seed floss is used to stuff pillows etc or is mixed with other fibres to make cloth[4][6][5][7]. It is a Kapok substitute, used in Life Jackets or as a stuffing material[4]. Very water repellent, it can yield up to 550 kilos per hectare[4]. The floss has also been used to mop up oil spills at sea. Candlewicks can be made from the seed floss[4][2]. Rubber can be made from latex contained in the leaves and the stems[8][9][10][6]. It is found mainly in the leaves and is destroyed by frost[4]. Yields are higher on dry soils[4]. Pods contain an oil and a wax which are of potential importance.

The seed contains up to 20% of an edible semi-drying oil[11][4]. It is also used in making liquid soap[11].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The latex is used as a cure for warts[12].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in late winter[13][5]. We have also had good results from sowing the seed in the greenhouse in early spring[K], though stored seed might need 2 - 3 weeks cold stratification[13]. Germination usually takes place in 1 - 3 months at 18°c[13]. As soon as the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out when they are in active growth in late spring or early summer and give them some protection from slugs until they are growing away strongly.

Division in spring. With great care since the plant resents root disturbance. Pot the divisions up and place them in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse until they are growing away strongly, then plant them out in the summer, giving them some protection from slugs until they are established..

Basal cuttings in late spring. Use shoots about 10cm long with as much of their white underground stem as possible. Pot them up individually and place them in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse until they are rooting and growing actively. If the plants grow sufficiently, they can be put into their permanent positions in the summer, otherwise keep them in the greenhouse until the following spring and when they are in active growth plant them out into their permanent positions. Give them some protection from slugs until they are established.

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Cultivation

Prefers a well-drained light rich or peaty soil and a sunny position[14][13][15].

A very ornamental plant[14], it is closely related to A. lanceolata[15]. Many members of this genus seem to be particularly prone to damage by slugs. The young growth in spring is especially vulnerable, but older growth is also attacked and even well-established plants have been destroyed in wet years[K]. Plants resent root disturbance and are best planted into their final positions whilst small[13].

The flower of many members of this genus can trap insects between its anther cells, the struggles of the insect in escaping ensure the pollination of the plant[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Asclepias rubra. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Asclepias rubra.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Asclepias rubra
Genus
Asclepias
Family
Asclepiadaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











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