Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Utilization of wild vegetables in China.

Abstract

Information is presented on the genetic resources of wild vegetables (more than 100 species) to be found in China. Their exploitation has increased gradually since the 1980s. Many can be used also as medicinal plants. The most widely utilized are Cirsium setosum, Lilium spp., Stewartia sinensis, Taraxacum mongolicum, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Portulaca oleracea, Nostoc flagelliforme and Platycodon grandiflorus. Many of the products derived from Gracilaria sjoestedtii, Viola yedoensis, N. flagelliforme and T. mongolicum are exported. Recommendations are made on some methods of utilization, on domestication of wild species for intensive cultivation and on conservation of germplasm.