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Useful Temperate Plants

Debregeasia wallichiana

(Wedd.) Wedd.

Urticaceae

+ Synonyms

Debregeasia ceylanica Hook.f.

Debregeasia leucophylla Wedd.

Missiessya wallichiana Wedd.

Morocarpus ceylanicus (Hook.f.) Kuntze

Morocarpus wallichianus (Wedd.) Blume

Common Name:

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General Information

Debregeasia wallichiana is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall with a thin bole about 8cm in diameter[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is gathered from the wild, mainly for its good quality fibre.

Known Hazards

Unlike many species in the nettle family (Urticaceae), members of this genus do not have stinging hairs[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
1947
Title
An Account of the Genus Debregeasia (Urticaceae-Boehmerieae)
Publication
Kew Bulletin, Vol. 43, No. 4 (1988), pp. 673-692
Author
Wilmot-Dear C.M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, southern China (Yunnan), northern Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia

Habitat

Subtropical forest slopes of limestone mountains; at elevations around 800 metres in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. Found at elevations up to 2,100 metres in the eastern Himalayas[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height5.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Debregeasia wallichiana is native to mainly subtropical regions in southern Asia, though there are reports that it can be found at elevations up to 2,100 metres in the Himalayas. The species is probably not very hardy in the temperate zone, but is probably worth trying in areas with mild winters, where it might be possible to grow it outdoors, especially if it is given the protection of a warm wall.
Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
A handsome plant ; the inflorescence is orange, and the under surface of the large leaves is snow-white[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

We have no specific information for this species, but the fruits of most, if not all, members of this genus are edible and are used to make wine[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making twine and rope[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter to mid-summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
175
Title
Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed')
Publication
 
Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1991
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. A good article on Corydalis spp.
]. 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.
Softwood cuttings in early summer[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
].
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