Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit (Fig a - e only)
Photograph by: A.C.Smith; Sargentia Vol VII, 1947
Kadsura oblongifolia is an evergreen, climbing shrub
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China.
Forests over dry soils; at elevations of 100 - 1900 metres[
]. Dense to sparse woods, often on hillsides, and typically on comparatively dry soils; at elevations from 150 - 900 metres[
Requires a sheltered position in a moderately fertile well-drained neutral to acid soil200]. Prefers a position in semi-shade[
Flowers are produced on the current year's growth[
]. Plants do not really require pruning[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The red, subglobose to ellipsoid, aggregate fruit is comprised of 30 - 50 apocarps each around 5 - 6mm long and 4mm wide and containing 1 - 2 seeds[
The plant is used medicinally[
Kadsura species are widely used for a variety of medicinal purposes throughout the geographical range of the genus. Little distinction is made between species, presumably due to the common presence of similar pharmacologically active constituents. Although it can be presumed that a wide range of different Kadsura species have been used medicinally, it is generally only themore common species that are reported in the literature[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a nursery seedbed.. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on until they are large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel. Good percentage[
Layering of long shoots in the autumn[
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