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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The plant is a source of a yellowish-white manna-like substance that is eaten as a food or used in making sweetmeats[1].

Sap

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Atraphaxis spinosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Atraphaxis spinosa.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[2]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are prone to damp off so should be watered with care and kept well ventilated[2].

Cuttings of soft wood in early summer in a frame[2].

Layering in spring[2].

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Cultivation

Requires a sunny position in a light well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility[3][2]. Succeeds in the rock garden or on a sunny stony bank[2].

Plants are hardy to at least -10°c so long as the soil is not wet over the winter[2]. The tiny flowers have long lasting petals[3]. This species is closely related to A. frutescens[2]. Any pruning should be restricted to the removal of branch tips every second or third year during the spring in order to maintain a neat compact habit[2].

Established specimens resent root disturbance[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Atraphaxis spinosa. 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 Atraphaxis spinosa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Atraphaxis spinosa
Genus
Atraphaxis
Family
Polygonaceae
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
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no 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











    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.002.012.022.032.042.052.062.072.082.092.10 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)