Berchemia trichoclada leioclada Hand.-Mazz.
Berchemia yunnanensis trichoclada Rehd. & E.H.Wilson
Plant growing in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Photograph by: Daderot
Berchemia polyphylla is a deciduous shrub with a scrambling to climbing habit; it grows 3 - 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and a tea.
E. Asia - central and southern China, India, Myanmar.
Mountain forests, forests in valleys, forest margins, thickets, slopes; at elevations from 100 - 2,100 metres[
Berchemia polyphylla is a plant of warm temperate to subtropical regions, it grows in China in hardiness zones 6 - 10.
Species in this genus generally require a good moist well-drained loam, succeeding in full sun if the soil does not dry out otherwise growing best in light shade[
The young leaves are used as a substitute for tea[
]. (This report refers specifically to the var leioclada).
The roots and leaves are used medicinally[
]. No more details are given. (This report refers specifically to the var leioclada).
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[
]. 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.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, late autumn to January in a frame.
Root cuttings in winter[
Layering of young stems in winter[