Botanical Name: Lardizabala biternata
Species: L. biternata
*Boissiera triternata Dombey ex DC., nom. nud.
*Cogylia biternata (Ruiz & Pav.) Molina
*Lardizabala infusiata Miers
*Lardizabala silvicola Miers
*Lardizabala triternata Ruiz & Pav.
Common Names: Lardizabala, Zabala Fruit, Coguil, Cogüilera, Coiye, Coille, Voqui cógüil, or Voqui coille in Chile
Habitat : Lardizabala is native to S. America – Chile, Peru. Grows on trees in woodland.
Lardizabala biternata is an evergreen Climber growing to 3.5 m (11ft 6in). It is in leaf all year, in flower from December to February. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant). The plant is not self-fertile. The fruit is 5 – 8cm long….CLICK & SEE
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.
Prefers a well-drained humus-rich sandy loam in a shady protected position. It requires a sunny wall according to another report, whilst others say that it succeeds in sun or semi-shade. A very ornamental plant, but it is only hardy in the mildest areas of Britain tolerating occasional lows to -10°c. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. The fruits are only formed in this country after a long hot summer. Plants climb by means of twining, they do not really need pruning. The flowers can be monoecious or dioecious. Male and female flowers are carried on the same plants. The edible fruit is sold in the local markets in Chile and Peru.
Propagation: Through seeds
Fruit is eaten raw or cooked. Sweet and pulpy, it is considered to be a delicacy in Chile where it is collected and sold in local markets. Also of interest value because of its sausage-like deep purple fruits.
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