Herb latin name: Cephalotaxus oliveri
Family: Cephalotaxaceae (Plum Yew Family)
Edible parts of Cephalotaxus oliveri:We have no details for this species but it is in a genus where many of the members have edible seed and fruit. The fruit is up to 3cm long. It is certainly worthy of more research. The fruit does not always ripen in Britain, before full ripeness it has a disgusting resinous flavour that coats the mouth and refuses to go away for hours.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:An understorey shrub in woodlands. Coniferous and broad-leaved forests at elevations of 300 - 1800 metres.
Other uses of Cephalotaxus oliveri:Very tolerant of pruning, this plant makes a very good hedge in shady positions.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it should then germinate in the following spring. A hard seedcoat can delay germination, especially in if the seed is not sown as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed should be cold-stratified and sown in a cold frame in the spring. Germination can take 18 months or more. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter under cover. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Greenwood cuttings of terminal shoots, August/September in a humid cold frame. Difficult.
Cultivation of Cephalotaxus oliveri:An understorey shrub in woodlands. Coniferous and broad-leaved forests at elevations of 300 - 1800 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Cephalotaxus oliveri:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.