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Useful Temperate Plants

Dipsacus inermis

Wall.

Caprifoliaceae

+ Synonyms

Cephalaria cachemirica Decne.

Dipsacus asper Wall. ex DC.

Dipsacus atropurpureus C.Y.Cheng & Z.T.Yin

Dipsacus auriculatus Royle

Dipsacus fulingensis C.Y.Cheng & T.M.Ai

Dipsacus lijigensis T.M.Ai & H.B.Chen

Dipsacus lushanensis C.Y.Cheng & T.M.Ai

Dipsacus mitis D.Don

Dipsacus roylei Klotzsch

Dipsacus tianmuensis C.Y.Cheng & Z.T.Yin

Virga aspera (Wall. ex DC.) Holub

Virga inermis (Wall.) Holub

Virga stricta (D.Don) Holub

Common Name:

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General Information

Dipsacus mitis is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing from a taproot up to 35mm in diameter. It produces a basal rosette of leaves and branched flowering stems that can grow 50 - 200cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is said to be an effective herb for stimulating bone growth, such as after a fracture.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
,
287
Title
Flora of Pakistan
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.efloras.org
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
As of 2006, there is not much information on habitats available, but it is being developed and promises to be an excellent resource.

Range

Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan through N. India to Bhutan and China.

Habitat

Humus rich soils amongst scrub and in forests; at elevations from 1,700 - 3,900 metres in the Himalayas[
145
Title
Forest Flora of Srinagar.
Publication
 
Author
Singh. Dr. G. and Kachroo. Prof. Dr. P.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
A good flora of the western Himalayas but poorly illustrated. Some information on plant uses.
,
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

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Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant is likely to require a well-drained humus-rich soil in sun or semi-shade.

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
145
Title
Forest Flora of Srinagar.
Publication
 
Author
Singh. Dr. G. and Kachroo. Prof. Dr. P.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
A good flora of the western Himalayas but poorly illustrated. Some information on plant uses.
].

Medicinal

The root is used in traditional Chinese medicine in order to promote bone growth and to correct bone fractures[
1679
Title
Brazilian Passifloraceae: Study of the subgenus Distephana (Juss.) Killip of the genus Passiflora L.
Publication
Revista Estudos de Biologia, v. 26, n.55, p. 45-67, Abr./Jun. 2004
Author
Cervi A.C. & Dunaiski Junior A.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. It has also been shown to be of value in the treatment of osteoporosis[
1679
Title
Brazilian Passifloraceae: Study of the subgenus Distephana (Juss.) Killip of the genus Passiflora L.
Publication
Revista Estudos de Biologia, v. 26, n.55, p. 45-67, Abr./Jun. 2004
Author
Cervi A.C. & Dunaiski Junior A.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no details but suggest sowing it in a greenhouse in early spring. 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.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-10-07. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Dipsacus+inermis>

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