Myristica fragrans
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Myristica fragrans

rou dou kou

  family myristicaceae 
  genus myristica 

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Genus  Myristica Species  fragrans Variety  Cultivar  Common names  nutmeg   mace   rou dou kou Family  MYRISTICACEAE Specimen number  S6877 Data source  MedPl p113;Frgnt p348
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Myristica fragrans has leaves and seeds that are mildly spicy. Myristica fragrans is known as rou dou kou in Chinese.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  carminative   antispasmodic   antiemetic   stimulant Medicinal parts  Aril   Seeds   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance. Medicinal notes  Myristica fragrans has herbal applications as a carminative, as an antispasmodic, as an antiemetic and as a stimulant. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Mace (sometimes called nutmeg) is not safe for use during pregnancy. The aril and the seeds and even the essential oil are used to prepare herbal remedies. Do not take essential oil internally without professional guidance.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  leaves are aromatic; the seed is the commercial Nutmeg; the outer seed aril is t Fragrance parts  Leaves   Seeds Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Spicy Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Myristica fragrans is a native plant in the natural environment and most likely originates from Banda Islands.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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