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Herpetospermum pedunculosum is a Annual Climber up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Himalayas to China and Tibet.
Forest edges, especially along trails at elevations of 1000 - 3000 metres in Nepal[
]. Thickets and forest sides on mountain slopes at elevations of 2300 - 2500 metres in Tibet[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. However, judging by its native range, it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. Judging by its native habitat, it is likely to prefer growing along a warm sunny woodland border in Britain[
Seed - fried and then eaten[
The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, where they are considered to have a bitter taste and a cooling potency[
]. Anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, choleretic and febrifuge, they are used in the treatment of piles, inflammation of the stomach and the intestines[
The pounded root is used to treat problems of the bile ducts[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and consider giving them some winter protection for at least their first winter outdoors - a simple pane of glass is usually sufficient[