Herb latin name: Torreya fargesii
Family: Cephalotaxaceae (Plum Yew Family)
Edible parts of Torreya fargesii:Seed. No further details are given, but it is likely to be oily and to be eaten raw or cooked. An oil is obtained from the seed.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Woodlands, 1000 - 1600 metres. Coniferous, mixed, and broad-leaved forests at an elevation of 1000 - 3400 metres.
Other uses of Torreya fargesii:An oil is extracted from the seed. The high quality timber is used in constructing houses, bridges, and furniture, and making implements and utensils.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Some of the seed should germinate in the following spring though much of it might take another 12 months. Stored seed requires a period of cold stratification and can take 18 months or more to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as growth is observed and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least the next couple of winters, making sure to pot them on into larger pots as and when required. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer when the plants are at least 20cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe shoots in late summer. Cuttings do not grow well. Layering.
Cultivation of Torreya fargesii:Woodlands, 1000 - 1600 metres. Coniferous, mixed, and broad-leaved forests at an elevation of 1000 - 3400 metres.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Torreya fargesii:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.