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Useful Temperate Plants

Sonchus brachyotus

DC.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Sonchus arenicola Vorosch.

Sonchus arvensis arenicola (Vorosch.) Vorosch.

Sonchus arvensis brachyotus (DC.) Kitam.

Sonchus arvensis glaber Haines

Sonchus arvensis laevipes Koch

Sonchus brachyotus potaninii Tzvelev

Sonchus cavaleriei H.Lév.

Sonchus chinensis Fisch.

Sonchus chinensis Schrank

Sonchus fauriei H.Lév. & Vaniot

Sonchus shzucinianus Turcz. ex Herder

Sonchus taquetii H.Lév.

Common Name:

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General Information

Sonchus brachyotus is an erect, perennial plant growing from a taproot. The stems are usually unbranched below, the plant growing 30 - 100cm tall[
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 harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but 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.

Range

Northern Eurasia from western Russia to the Russian Far East, south to the Caucasus, central Asia, Mongolia, central China and Japan

Habitat

Sunny grassy places and cultivated fields all over Japan[
58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
]. Grassy slopes in mountains, by rivers, alkaline areas at elevations of 300 - 2300 metres in N. 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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Sonchus brachyotus is a very cold-hardy plant, growing in areas where winter temperatures can fall to -30°c or even lower. It can also grow in warmer climates, being found at higher elevations in Thailand[
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.
].
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position.

Edible Uses

Young leaves and stem tops - raw or cooked[
105
Title
Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Tanaka. T. & Nakao S.
Publisher
Keigaku Publishing; Tokyo
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
The most comprehensive list of edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
].

Root - cooked[
105
Title
Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Tanaka. T. & Nakao S.
Publisher
Keigaku Publishing; Tokyo
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
The most comprehensive list of edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

A decoction of the whole plant is used to treat stomach problems, dermatitis, inflammation, ulcers etc[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.
Division in spring.
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