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Useful Temperate Plants

Gentiana depressa

D.Don

Gentianaceae

+ Synonyms

Gentianodes depressa (D.Don) Á.Löve & D.Löve

Pneumonanthe depressa (D.Don) G.Don

Common Name:

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General Information

Gentiana depressa is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial plant growing from a much-banched, stoloniferous rootstock; the plant is stemless, or with very short, unbranched stems, it forms a mat of growth around 2 - 6cm tall[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
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 medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
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

E. Asia - southern China (Tibet), Nepal, Bhutan, northern India

Habitat

Steep banks, cliff faces; at elevations from 3,000 - 4,500 metres[
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

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.02 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Gentiana depressa is a very cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -25°c when fully dormant[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The flowers or the whole plant are used medicinally. Traditionally they are most commonly used as an appetizer and digestive, whilst they are also used in the treatment of coughs, colds and fevers[
1761
Title
Ethnopharmacological survey, Phytochemical screening and Antibacterial activity measurements of high altitude medici
Publication
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol. 13 (3), July 2014, pp. 496-507
Author
Lamichhane J. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. They are usually taken in the form of a juice, otherwise by a decoction or the dried, powdered plant[
1761
Title
Ethnopharmacological survey, Phytochemical screening and Antibacterial activity measurements of high altitude medici
Publication
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol. 13 (3), July 2014, pp. 496-507
Author
Lamichhane J. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The most common mode of preparation for the purpose of home remedy was accounted by juice (48%), decoction (32%) followed by powder (20%)[
1761
Title
Ethnopharmacological survey, Phytochemical screening and Antibacterial activity measurements of high altitude medici
Publication
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol. 13 (3), July 2014, pp. 496-507
Author
Lamichhane J. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The plant is known to contain alkaloids, saponins, tannins, flavonoids and steriods[
1761
Title
Ethnopharmacological survey, Phytochemical screening and Antibacterial activity measurements of high altitude medici
Publication
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, Vol. 13 (3), July 2014, pp. 496-507
Author
Lamichhane J. et al
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-11-27. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Gentiana+depressa>

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