Botanical Name: Disporopsis longifolia
Habitat: Disporopsis longifolia is native to E. Asia – southeastern China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.It grows in the forests, forest margins and thickets at elevations of 100 – 1800 metres in Guangxi and Yunnan Provinces..Wet places in mountainous regions in Vietnam.
Disporopsis longifolia is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from a creeping, fleshy rhizomatous rootstock around 10 – 20mm thick. The arching stems are usually around 30 – 100cm tall. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from October to December. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
The plant is native to the warm temperate to subtropical climate of southeastern China and southeast Asia. It is likely to be not very cold tolerant, but should experience light frosts.
Propagation: Through seed –
Edible Uses: Not known to us.
The rhizome is anodyne, tonic. It is used in Vietnam in the treatment of general debility, fatigue, anorexia, lumbago, arthralgia and dry throa.
The rhizome is harvested in the late summer when the fruit forms, soaked in molasses, steamed and then dried for later use.
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