Herb latin name: Daphniphyllum himalense
Synonyms: Goughia himalensis
Medicinal use of Daphniphyllum himalense:A paste of the wod is applied as a poultice to boils.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Cool moist forests, shady ravines and valleys alongside streams, 1200 - 3000 metres.
Edible parts of Daphniphyllum himalense:The very closely related D. macropodum is said to have edible leaves. Are the leaves of this species also edible cooked?
Other uses of the herb:Wood - soft, close and even grained, very handsome. Used for turnery, carving etc. The wood of the roots is especially handsome, it is deep red in colour.
Propagation of Daphniphyllum himalense:Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. 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. Cuttings of moderately ripened wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel or at a junction with old wood, July in individual pots in a frame. The cuttings are slow to root, give them brisk bottom heat. Fair percentage. Layering of current seasons growth, 12cm long in August/September. Takes 12 - 18 months. High percentage.
Cultivation of the herb:Cool moist forests, shady ravines and valleys alongside streams, 1200 - 3000 metres.
Known hazards of Daphniphyllum himalense:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.