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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Dorema ammoniacum.

Material uses

A medicinal gum or resin called 'Ammoniacum' is exuded from insect damaged stems[1][2][3][4]. It is also used in perfumery and in porcelain cement[5] as well as for plasters[1][2][3][4].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Ammoniacum has been used in Western herbal medicine for thousands of years and is still seen as an effective remedy for various complaints of the chest[6].

A gum resin is found in cavities in the tissues of stems, roots and petioles[7]. It often exudes naturally from holes in the stems caused by beetles[5] though this is not so pure as that obtained from the plant tissues[7]. The resin is antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, mildly diuretic, expectorant, poultice, stimulant and vasodilator[7][1][3][8][5]. It is often used internally in the treatment of chronic bronchitis (especially in the elderly), asthma and catarrh[7][5]. Externally, it is used as a plaster for swellings of the joints and indolent tumours[7][5].

The resin exudes as a milky gum from holes made in the stems. This gum is pressed into blocks and then ground into a powder[6].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow in an outdoor seedbed in April[9]. It might be better to sow the seed in the autumn in a cold frame or greenhouse[K]. The seed germinates in 2 - 6 weeks at 15°c[9]. If seed is in short supply we would recommend sowing it in a pot in a cold frame and pricking out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year.

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Cultivation

Easily grown in an ordinary garden soil[10]. Prefers a well-drained to dry soil in a sunny position[5].

This species is not hardy in all parts of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to at least -5°c[5].

A monocarpic species, growing for a number of years before it flowers but then dying after flowering[5]. It is said to produce viable seed in this country[5].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Dorema ammoniacum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

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Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Dorema ammoniacum
Genus
Dorema
Family
Umbelliferae
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
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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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.4 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.2 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.4 Howes. F. N. Vegetable Gums and Resins. Faber ()
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 Kariyone. T. Atlas of Medicinal Plants. ()
    5. ? 5.005.015.025.035.045.055.065.075.085.095.10 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.2 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.37.47.5 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.1 Mills. S. Y. The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. ()
    9. ? 9.09.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    11. ? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)

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