Euodia gracilis Kurz
Euodia lepta (Spreng.) Merr.
Euodia oreophila Guillaumin
Euodia pteleifolia (Champ. ex Benth.) Merr.
Euodia triphylla cambodiana Pierre
Ilex lepta Spreng.
Lepta triphylla Lour.
Zanthoxylum pteleifolium Champ. ex Benth.
Melicope pteleifolia is a deciduous shrub or small tree, occasionall adopting a scrambling habit; it can grow from 1 - 14 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Evergreen and mixed deciduous forests and forest margins, thickets, swamp forests, open places; from near sea level to 2,300( metres, occasionally to 2,800 metres[
]. Forest edges on hillsides and by streams[
Melicope pteleifolia can be found from the subtropical regions of southeastern China to the tropics of southeastern Asia.
Judging by the needs of other members of this genus it is probably easily grown in a good loamy soil.
A dioecious species - it produces separate male flowers and female flowers, and only one of those types is produced on any individual plant. Therefore both male and female-flowered forms of the plant usually need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The roots and leaves are antipruritic, depurative and febrifuge[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of arthritis, fever, chickenpox, fever, epidemic influenza, meningitis, infectious hepatitis etc[
Seed - sow late winter in a greenhouse. Variable germination rates[
]. 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. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood (preferably forced in a greenhouse), 5 - 8cm with a heel, early summer to August in a warm greenhouse. Fair to good percentage[