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Combretaceae, Quisqualis indica, Rangoon creeper, Chinese honeysuckle

April 1, 2008

Combretaceae, Quisqualis indica, Rangoon creeper, Clementinas

The Rangoon creeper in Clementinas is blooming, this is just the start of it. I’ll put up another photo in a few days when its full on. Despite its spectacular flower display, the Rangoon creeper reportedly has an edible fruit that tastes like almonds. The Rangoon creeper’s principal use is as medicine. Roots, seeds or fruit are used to alleviate diarrhea, and also used as an antihelmintic, to expel parasites. Fruits can be used against nephritis, an inflammation of the kidney often due to infections, toxins or auto-immune disease. Leaves can be made into a tea to relieve fever pains. The roots are used as a treatment for rheumatism.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Medusa permalink
    December 10, 2008 10:08:34 pm

    Fabulous!!

    You wouldn’t know where I can purchase a plant, cuttings or seeds? It’s really hard to find!

    • May 18, 2009 10:08:02 pm

      Hi Medusa,
      Monrovia of California grows them, so you could probably order.
      I wouldn’t be afraid to order a small one (1 gallon or even 6″)
      since it grows like a weed.

      I’ve found they like to be in “unamended” soil that has a goodly
      amount of sand mixed (about half and half) for good drainage.
      While it’s not particular about the soil in which it grows, it
      most definitely wants high drainage. Cut it to the stump in
      the late fall, give it Hibuscus granules in the early spring.
      Loves a south-east corner of the house/fence.

      I don’t know if The Great Outdoors Nursery in Austin will
      ship you one, but they carry them in 3gal for about $20.
      Good luck. It’s a spectacularly beautiful vine that grows to
      70 feet, has edible seeds very similar to almonds and as a
      bonus has a number of medicinal values (nephritis,
      rheumatism, etc.). Everyone needs to own a Rangoon
      Creeper. What a spectacular item.

      Jim

    • May 18, 2009 10:08:07 pm

      I have propagated it from cuttings. It can also be air layered. I have never seen the vine set seed, or fruit. I have heard, as Jim mentions in his comment, that it does bear an edible fruit, although I have never seen it fruit in the tropics.

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