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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves and young shoots - cooked as a vegetable[1]. A sharp mustard-like flavour[2].

The pungent seed can be pickled or used as a mustard substitute in curries[2][1]. The seedpods are made into pickles[2]. The juice of the plant is used as a condiment[2].

An oil obtained from the seeds is used for cooking[1].

Unknown part

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Cleome viscosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are diaphoretic, rubefacient and vesicant[3]. They are used as an external application to wounds and ulcers[3].

The juice of the leaves has been used to relieve earache[3]. The seeds are anthelmintic, carminative, rubefacient, stimulant and vesicant[3][1]. The seed contains 0.1% viscosic acid and 0.04% viscosin[3].

A paste of the root is applied externally in the treatment of earaches[1].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse[4]. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°c[4]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Day time temperatures below 20°c depress germination but a night time fall to 20° is necessary[4].

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Cultivation

Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[5]. A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[5].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cleome viscosa. 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 Cleome viscosa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cleome viscosa
Genus
Cleome
Family
Capparidaceae
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
?
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. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.51.6 Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-527-6 (2002-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.5 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.15.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)