Root - cooked. It is rich in starch
. The root is very fibrous and is used as a flavouring for beer
Fruit - raw or cooked. Dry and uninteresting. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter.
Young shoots - cooked. They taste like fresh green beans.
Sap. It is obtained by blowing it out of short cut sections of the stem
The stems are used in basket making and also to make rope ladders
. The stems are strong enough to be used as they are to make a rope
Antirheumatic, skin, stomachic, vulnerary
. The burnt stems and sap are used to cauterize wounds
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a warm greenhouse. Sow stored seed in a warm greenhouse in the spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter in the greenhouse. Plant out in early summer.
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We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it is unlikely to succeed outdoors in Britain in any but the mildest areas of the country.
Plants do not take kindly to cultivation, but a rich soil and shade are probably the best conditions for it
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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Material uses & Functions
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