Debregeasia ceylanica Hook.f.
Debregeasia leucophylla Wedd.
Missiessya wallichiana Wedd.
Morocarpus ceylanicus (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Morocarpus wallichianus (Wedd.) Blume
Debregeasia wallichiana is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall with a thin bole about 8cm in diameter[
The plant is gathered from the wild, mainly for its good quality fibre.
E. Asia - Himalayas from western India to China, also in southern India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia.
Found at elevations up to 2,100 metres in the E. Himalayas[
]. Subtropical forest slopes of limestone mountains at elevations of 800 metres in S Yunnan, China[
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Prefers a fertile well-drained loam with some shelter at the hottest part of the day[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.
A fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making twine and rope[
Seed - sow late winter to mid-summer in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 months at 20°c[
]. 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.
Softwood cuttings in early summer[
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