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Rheum rhaponticum (false rhubarb)

Synonyms: Rhabarbarum rhaponticum; Rheum compactum; Rheum esculentum; Rheum rotundatum; Rheum undulatum

Wikipedia Abstract

Rheum rhaponticum, the false rhubarb, rhapontic rhubarb or rhapontic, is a plant species found in the wild in the genus Rheum. Hyperoside, the 3-O-galactoside of quercetin, can be found in R. rhaponticum, where it serves as a UV blocker found in the bracts. It also contains the hydroxystilbenes rhaponticin and desoxyrhaponticin.
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Attributes

Height [1]  3.9 feet (1.2 m)
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [1]  The leaves contain high concentrations of oxalic acid; Oxalic acid can lock up certain minerals (especially calcium) in the body, leading to nutritional deficiency. Cooking the plant will reduce the concentration of oxalic acid. Another report says that the leaves have the same concentration of oxalic acid in the stems as they do in the leaves and it is not the oxalic acid that makes them poisonous. It says that any toxic properties of the leaves is more likely to be due to the presence of glycosides; People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition;
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Wind
Structure [2]  Herb
Usage [1]  Plants can be grown for ground cover when spaced about 1.8 metres apart each way;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Rila 200269 Bulgaria  

Predators

Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[3]
Aphis rumicis[3]
Clepsis spectrana (Cyclamen Tortrix)[4]
Discestra trifolii (clover cutworm)[5]
Dysmicoccus brevipes (pineapple mealybug)[6]
Elegia inconspicuella[4]
Ferrisia virgata (grey mealybug)[6]
Gastrophysa viridula <Unverified Name>[3]
Gortyna flavago[4]
Hydraecia micacea (potato stem worm)[4]
Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing Moth)[4]
Ostrinia nubilalis (European corn borer)[5]
Papaipema cataphracta (burdock borer)[4]
Pseudococcus calceolariae (citrophilus mealybug)[6]
Spilosoma lutea (Buff Ermine)[4]
Trachea atriplicis (Orache Moth)[4]
Xestia baja (Dotted Clay)[4]

Distribution

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hern√°ndez
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
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