Re: [gardeners] Ivy Gourd, Kaempfer or Cork Wood Tree

Sharon Gordon (
Mon, 12 Mar 2001 12:26:31 -0500

For the cork tree, have a look at:,5716,10559+asmbly%5 

Winged beans/ Psophocarpus tetragonolobus
17430 Durrance Road
North Fort Myers, FL,  33917
$1 for catalog
and they have a day length neutral one which you would need for your area.

2) Champion Seed co
4630 West Jennifer, Ste 103
Fresno, CA 93722


At 05:53 AM 3/12/01 -0700, you wrote:
>At 01:53 PM 3/11/01 -0500, you wrote:
>>At 01:44 PM 3/11/01 -0500, you wrote:
>>>Ivy gourd is Ivy Gourd, Coccinea grandis, Cucurbitaceae
>>>In Hawaii, it is acting rather like Kudzu.
>>>It looks like a cucumber vine with hot red peppers growing on it.
>>>The fruits and leaves are edible.  Cook the leaves and the fruits
>>>can be raw or cooked and eaten young or ripe.  It has
>>>some medicinal uses as well.  It has both male and female
>>>Kaempfer is most likely Kaempferia  which is  lesser galangale which is
>>>a root similar to ginger and turmeric and is a cousin to both. Seems to 
>>>me that it was better known in the middle ages.  I think Penzey's sells it.
>>>Our local ethnic grocery store has it or greater galangale occasionally,
>>>though I am not sure which as they don't label it.
>>>It got its German name due to being named after a German botanist
>>>who worked in the late 1600's.
>>>But it could be
>>>Latin Name Common Name Family Synonyms
>>>Aristolochia kaempferiAristolochiaceaeA. lineata. Hocquartia kaempferi.; 
>>>Aristolochia lineata; Hocquartia kaempferi
>>>Broussonetia kazinokiKozoMoraceaeB. kaempferi. non Sieb.&Zucc. B. 
>>>monoica. B. sieboldii.; Broussonetia kaempferi
>>>Catalpa ovataChinese catalpaBignoniaceaeC. kaempferi.; Catalpa kaempferi
>>>Farfugium japonicumLeopard plantCompositaeLigularia kaempferi. 
>>>(DC.)Sieb.&Zucc. L. tussilaginea. (Burm.)Makino. Senecio kaempferi. DC. 
>>>Tussilago japonica.; Ligularia kaempferi; Senecio kaempferi
>>>Iris ensataJapanese water irisIridaceaeI. kaempferi. I. lactea.; Iris 
>>>Iris macrosiphonBowltube irisIridaceaeI. amabilis. I. californica. I. 
>>>elata.; I. kaempferi
>>>Larix kaempferiJapanese larchPinaceaeAbies leptolepis; L. japonica; L. 
>>>kaempferi var. pendula; L. leptolepis; L. leptolepis f. pendula; L. 
>>>leptolepis var. murrayana; L. leptolepis var. pendula; Pinus kaempferi; 
>>>Pseudolarix kaempferi
>>>Phytolacca acinosaIndian pokePhytolaccaceaeP. kaempferi
>>>Phytolacca esculentaPhytolaccaceaeP. acinosa esculenta. P. kaempferi.; 
>>>Phytolacca kaempferi
>>>Pseudolarix amabilisGolden larchPinaceaeP. fortunei. Mayr. P. kaempferi. 
>>>Gord.; Pseudolarix kaempferi; Larix kaempferi; Larix kaempferi var. 
>>>pendula; Pinus kaempferi
>>>Rhododendron kaempferiEricaceaeAzalea obtusa var. kaempferi; R. obtusum 
>>>var. kaempferi
>>>Rhus vernicifluaLacquer treeAnacardiaceaeR. kaempferi. R. vernicifera. 
>>>R. vernix. non L. Toxicodendron verniciflua. (Stokes.)F.Barkley.
>>>Vitis thunbergiiVitaceaeV. sieboldii.; V. kaempferi
>By George, I think you've got it!!!  Wow.
>>>For the Cork Wood Tree, I would guess the Cork Oak, Quercus Suber.
>>>It takes 40 years to get from acorn to first wine cork and then you can get
>>>more corks every 9-12 years.  They usually grow around the mediterranean
>>>mostly.  The only one I can think of in the US is on the campus of
>>>UC-Davis in California.
>>>There's also Phellodendron amurense  with an edible turpentine
>>>scented fruit and P. japonicum which are sometimes
>>>called Cork Trees.  They have little black fruits.
>>>And Entelea arborescens which is
>>>an evergreen shrub and not
>Sharon, the photo for the Cork Wood Tree shows a cluster of locust 
>tree-like leaves and fat white pea-like pods. I can't tell whether they're 
>pods or buds.  Do you know who has winged bean seeds for sale?  I once 
>grew some from Richters, I think, that advised eating them before they 
>were 1 and 1/2 inches tall.  Plants were only about 6 inches tall, so the 
>pods were very hard to see.  I never did get any that small.  But I 
>understand these regular winged beans may be eaten up to 3 or 4 inches 
>long. Surely I'd see them before that.  Thanks very much for the above 
>info.  Margaret L