Oil Nut (Pyrularia pubera)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Oil Nut
Pyrularia pubera
Santalaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant has been used as a salve on old sores[257].

    The seed has been chewed to cause vomiting in the treatment of colic[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit[2, 46, 61]. Caution is advised since the fruit is said to be permeated with an acrid oil[1, 43]. The pear-shaped fruit is about 25mm long[200].

    An edible oil is obtained from the seed[105]. Is this different from the acrid poisonous oil of the fruit?[K]

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant, especially the fruit, contains an acrid poisonous oil[43].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe into a pot containing a small host tree. Stored seed will require 3 months cold stratification before it is sown[200]. Grow on in a cold frame until the plant is large enough to plant out and then plant it close to a mature host tree. Remove the small host tree once the plant is well established[200].
Parasitic on the roots of a range of trees and shrubs, but most commonly Tsuga carolina, this plant needs to grow close to a host tree. It requires a well-drained but moisture retentive lime-free soil[200].
Eastern N. America – W. Vancouver to Alabama.

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