Herb latin name: Trachycarpus martianus
Medicinal use of Trachycarpus martianus:The following notes are for the closely related T. fortunei. They almost certainly also apply to this species. The flowers and the seed are astringent and haemostatic. The root or the fruit is decocted as a contraceptive. The ashes from the silky hairs of the plant are haemostatic. Mixed with boiling water they are used in the treatment of haemopytsis, nose bleeds, haematemesis, blood in stools, metrorrhagia, gonorrhoea and other venereal diseases.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Found at elevations to 2,400 metres, often on limestone soils.
Edible parts of Trachycarpus martianus:Fruit- raw or cooked The flesh is scanty and almost tasteless. The following notes are for the closely related T. fortunei. They almost certainly also apply to this species. Young flower buds - cooked. Used like bamboo shoots. The fresh flowers and terminal bud are also apparently consumed.
Other uses of the herb:The following notes are for the closely related T. fortunei. They almost certainly also apply to this species. The fibres from within the leafstalk are used for making brushes, ropes, coarse cloth etc. A matting is made from the bark admixed with some of the stem fibres. The leaves are woven into hats, rough coats and fans.
Propagation of Trachycarpus martianus:Scarify or pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water then sow in a cold frame in mid to late winter. Bring into the greenhouse about 4 - 6 weeks later and the seed should germinate in about 4 - 8 weeks at 25°C. As soon as 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. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Pot up suckers in late spring and plant out in their permanent position 12 months later.
Cultivation of the herb:Found at elevations to 2,400 metres, often on limestone soils.
Known hazards of Trachycarpus martianus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.