Although no mention has been seen for this species, the leaves of some members of this genus contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
There are no edible uses listed for Stellaria dichotoma.
There are no material uses listed for Stellaria dichotoma.
The root is anticholesterolemic, depurative and febrifuge
. It is used in the treatment of fever and malaria, night sweats, infantile malnutrition
Seed - sow spring in situ.
Division in spring.
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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 could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The sub-species S. dichotoma lanceolata. Bunge. is used medicinally in China
. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Prefers a moist soil.
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Stellaria dichotoma. 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 Stellaria dichotoma.
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Material uses & Functions
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? 1.01.11.21.3 Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
? 2.02.12.2 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)