Boquila discolor (Kunze ex Poepp. & Endl.) Decne.
Lardizabala discolor Kunze ex Poepp. & Endl.
Lardizabala trifoliolata DC.
Boquila trifoliolata is an evergreen climbing shrub with stems around 6 metres long. It climbs into the surrounding vegetation, supporting itself by twining[
The lant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
S. America - central Chile, western Argentina
Evergreen to semi-deciduous forests; at elevations from 100 - 600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Boquila trifoliolata is native to the warm temperate regions of central Chile and western Argentina, where it can often experience snow for up to 2 weeks a year. It is not, however, a very cold-hardy plant, being able to tolerate temperatures down to around -8°c when fully dormant[
]. Rainfall generally occurs all year round, sometimes with short dry spells of up to 4 weeks[
Prefers a position in semi-shade, preferring a moist, humus-rich soil[
]. Plants are often found in deep shade in the wild and is also sometimes found growing in shallow water such as bogs, marshes and river banks[
A dioecious species, both male and female plants are needed to produce the small but edible fruit[
Fruit - raw[
The plant (part not specified) is used to treat eye infections[
The stems are used as tying materials and are a source of cordage[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe when it usually germinates readily[
]. Germination rates are generally 60 - 80%[
Cuttings of fairly mature wood taken in the summer and rooted in a cold frame[