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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Kadsura
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:15:55 PM »
Looking for seeds of Kadsura coccinea, or similar Kadsuras, shipped to California, USA.

It looks like the Vietnamese name is Quả Na Rừng. Here is an article about it with pictures: http://vietnamnet.vn/vn/kinh-doanh/thi-truong/na-rung-khung-nang-toi-4kg-tien-trieu-qua-406710.html It says there are two types, red and white. I think the white ones have green skin and the red have red skin, but Google Translate isn't perfect. This says 150-1200m elevation, but I've read from Chinese sources it is higher, like 1500-2000 (don't remember exactly). Seems to be native to southern China and northern Vietnam. These articles say it is foraged from deep within the forests, but I've seen pictures of commercial plantings as well. From this article, it sounds like it's not traditionally considered medicinal nor valuable in Vietnam, but the Chinese have recently been buying it from locals for their traditional medicines, leading to scarcity: https://news.zing.vn/vi-sao-qua-na-rung-5-kg-co-gia-500000-dong-post592580.html

From what I've read from Vietnamese sources it grows as a vine before becoming a 15-20m tree. Based on the regions it grows in, I suspect it could grow in areas with mild frost like Northern California, although it may not be able to handle our summers. Only one way to find out.

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