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(Pentachondra pumila)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pentachondra pumila
Epacridaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[144]. Sweet and watery[193]. The fruit is a fleshy drupe about 12mm in diameter and comprising about 5 – 10 one-seeded nuts[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 5 years. Stored seed and perhaps also freshly sown seed is best scarified[175]. Sow stored seed as soon as it is received. Two or three periods of 4 – 6 weeks cold stratification can also help to reduce the germination time[175]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Subsequent growth is slow[157]. Division of rooted offsets[200].
Requires an open position in a moisture-retentive gritty peaty pocket of lime-free soil in a rock garden[182, 200]. Plants are intolerant of drought[200]. Prefers mild winters and relatively cool moist summers[200]. Plants are difficult to grow in cultivation, especially in hot dry areas[188]. This species only succeeds outdoors in the mildest areas of the country, it is hardy to about -5¡c[200]. In Australia the green fruit hangs on the plant overwinter and ripens in the following early summer[157]. Plants rarely fruit in Britain[200].
Australia – New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria. New Zealand.

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