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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - cooked. An emergency food, it is used when all else fails[1]. One report says that the root might be edible[1].

Leaves

Material uses

The bleached tendrils are used as an ornamental infill in basket making[2][3]. The plant contains cocculoidine which has insecticidal activity[4].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The root is anodyne, antiphlogistic, antirheumatic, carminative, depurative, diuretic and vermifuge[5][6][4]. It is used in the treatment of rheumatic arthritis, oedema and oliguria[6]. It has also shown antibacterial and anti-amoebic activity[6]. A decoction of the stems is used in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and paralysis[4].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Climber

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in a greenhouse. 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 in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Root cuttings in December in a greenhouse[7]. Division in the dormant season.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[7].

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Cultivation

Easily cultivated in an ordinary garden soil[8], it prefers a well-drained moisture retentive fertile soil in full sun or semi-shade[7]. Plants only fruit well when grown in full sun[9].

This species is hardy to about -10°c[7]. Plants climb by means of twining around supports[9]. They do not normally require pruning[9].

Closely related to C. carolinus[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Cocculus orbiculatus. 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 Cocculus orbiculatus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Cocculus orbiculatus
Genus
Cocculus
Family
Menispermaceae
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
7
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
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    ?
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    4 x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.2 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.4 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.37.47.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.19.2 Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
    10. ? Wilson. E. H. Plantae Wilsonae. ()

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