Latin name: Limnanthes alba
Synonyms: Lilium douglasii alba
Family: Limnanthaceae (Meadowfoam Family)
Description of the plant:
(7 3/4 inch)
Habitat of Meadowfoam:Vernal pools or low moist open places from sea level to 1200 metres. The sub-species L. alba versicolor(Greene.)C.T.Mason. grows at elevations up to 1600 metres.
Other uses of the herb:An oil obtained from the seed has similar properties to whale sperm oil and to Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis). It has specialized industrial applications. The seed contains ca 20% protein, 25 - 30% oil, with 1.56% volatile isothiocyanates. The high concentration of C20 and fatty acids in the seed oil is unique. No other seed oil is known to have as high concentration (>90%) of total fatty acids of chain length greater than C18.
Propagation of Meadowfoam:Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination takes place within 3 weeks. Germination is better at lower temperatures - good results are achieved at about 5°C, whilst temperatures in excess of 20°C give poor results.
Cultivation of the herb:Vernal pools or low moist open places from sea level to 1200 metres. The sub-species L. alba versicolor(Greene.)C.T.Mason. grows at elevations up to 1600 metres.
Medicinal use of Meadowfoam:None known
Known hazards of Limnanthes alba:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.