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Useful Temperate Plants

Cytinus hypocistis

(L.)L.

Rafflesiaceae


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General Information

Cytinus hypocistis is a
It has edible and medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.

Range

S. Europe - Mediterranean.

Habitat

Maquis and garigue, parasitic on the roots of several species but especially Cistus species[
89
Title
Flowers of the Mediterranean.
Publication
 
Author
Polunin. O. and Huxley. A.
Publisher
Hogarth Press
Year
1987
ISBN
0-7012-0784-1
Description
A very readable pocket flora that is well illustrated. Gives some information on plant uses.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it is likely to succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
A parasitic plant, producing no chlorophyll[
89
Title
Flowers of the Mediterranean.
Publication
 
Author
Polunin. O. and Huxley. A.
Publisher
Hogarth Press
Year
1987
ISBN
0-7012-0784-1
Description
A very readable pocket flora that is well illustrated. Gives some information on plant uses.
].

Edible Uses

Young plant - cooked. An asparagus substitute[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

Both methanol and water extracts of the whole plant have been shown to be active against Plasmodium falciparum (a protozoan parasite that can cause malaria) strains. The antimalarial activity of these extracts might be attributed mainly to the presence of several hydrolyzable tannins, a group of compounds previously reported to have antimalarial activity[
1159
Title
Evaluation of the antimalarial and antileishmanial activity of plants from the Greek island of Crete
Publication
Journal of Natural Medicines (2007) 61:38-45
Author
Fokialakis N.; Kalpoutzakis E.; Tekwani B.L. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A survey of 65 species of plants for their anti parasitic activity,
]

A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of dysentery.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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