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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Flower buds[1]. No more details are given. A tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering stems[2][1]. When well made it is delicious, with just a hint of mint in its aftertaste[1].

Flowers

Unknown part

Tea

Material uses

A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers[3]. Reddish-brown according to another report[2].

A brown dye is obtained from the leaves and stems[3].

An orange-yellow dye can be obtained from the boiled roots[2].

Unknown part

Dye

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The plant has been used in the treatment of children with tuberculosis[2].

An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a 'nervous stimulant'[2].

An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a treatment for the teeth[2].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. In dry weather the seed should be watered in. Division might be possible.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[4].

This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, usually requiring cold greenhouse treatment[5].

According to one report this species might be no more than a synonym for T. gracile[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Thelesperma megapotanicum. 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 Thelesperma megapotanicum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Thelesperma megapotanicum
Genus
Thelesperma
Family
Compositae
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
9
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
    x meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.4 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.8 Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    6. ? Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J [Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas] Botanical Research Institute, Texas. (1999-00-00)