Brossaea nummulariodes Kuntze
Gaultheria nummularia DC.
Pernettya repens Zoll. & Moritzi
Gaultheria repens Blume
Gaultheria nummularioides is a small, many-branched, prostrate shrub about 10cm tall and spreading to form a clump 50cm or more wide.
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild and consumed locally. The plant is sometimes grown as a ground cover in gardens.
E. Asia - Himalayas from Himachel Pradesh to southwestern China and Myanmar, Indonesia.
Evergreen Pinus, Tsuga, Picea, or Abies forests, often on rocks and banks, rarely on trees; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,000, occasionally to 4,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Gaultheria nummularioides is a plant of moderate to high elevations in the tropics and subtropics. It only tolerates light and short-lived frosts[
Prefers a moist but not boggy humus rich soil in shade or semi-shade[
]. A peat and moisture loving species, it requires a lime-free soil[
] and a sheltered position[
The bruised leaves have a distinct cedar-like aroma[
]. The flowers are also aromatic[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A watery flavour[
]. The fruit is quite tasty raw, but it is small and rather fiddly to harvest[
]. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter[
A good ground cover plant for shady positions[
]. A carpeting plant that roots as it spreads, it should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[
The seed requires a period of cold stratification. Pre-chill for 4 - 10 weeks and then surface sow in a lime-free compost in a shady part of the greenhouse and keep the compost moist[
]. The seed usually germinates well, usually within 1 - 2 months at 20°c, but the seedlings are liable to damp off. It is important to water them with care and to ensure that they get plenty of ventilation. Watering them with a garlic infusion can also help to prevent damping of[
]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 25mm tall and grow them on in light shade until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood 3 - 6cm long, in a frame in a shady position. A good percentage usually take.
Division, preferably when doemant[
]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on until they are rooting well.
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