Ardisia solanacea is an evergreen shrub, sometimes becoming a small tree. It usually grows up to 3.5 metres tall, but can sometimes reach 12 metres[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye plant. An ornamental plant, it is sometimes grown in gardens for its evergreen leaves and showy pink flowers[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Malaysia.
Moist ravines and forests[
]. Mixed forests, shrubby areas, mountains or hillsides at elevations of 400 - 1,600 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a well-drained, moisture-retentive, humus-rich soil in a partially shaded position[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Ripe fruits - eaten fresh[
The juice of the root is used to relieve indigestion[
A yellow dye is obtained from the fruit[
]. The pinkish fruit provides a yellow dye, which becomes brown on paper[
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