Herb latin name: Holboellia latifolia
Synonyms: Stauntonia latifolia
Family: Lardizabalaceae (Lardizabala Family)
Edible parts of Holboellia latifolia:Fruit - raw. A mealy texture and often considered to be insipid, though it is considered to be very palatable in the Himalayas. The fruit is large, purple, sausage-shaped with many black seeds in the white pulp.The fruit is up to 10cm long.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Forests, shrubberies and shady ravines below 4000 metres. Forests, mixed forests by streams or other shady moist sites, forest margins on mountain slopes, along valleys 600 - 3000 m.
Propagation of Holboellia latifolia:Seed - we have no details on this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise as soon as you obtain it, in a warm greenhouse. 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 softwood. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in late summer or autumn. Layering.
Cultivation of the herb:Forests, shrubberies and shady ravines below 4000 metres. Forests, mixed forests by streams or other shady moist sites, forest margins on mountain slopes, along valleys 600 - 3000 m.
Medicinal use of Holboellia latifolia:None known
Known hazards of Holboellia latifolia:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.