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CHAYA, BROADLEAF (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) Spinach Tree


Cnidoscolus aconitifolius, commonly known as Chaya or Tree Spinach, is a large, fast growing leafy perennial shrub that is believed to have originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The specific epithet, “aconitifolius”, means Aconitum-like leaves. It has succulent stems which exude a milky sap when cut. It can grow to be 6 meters tall, but is usually pruned to about 2 m for easier leaf harvest. It is a popular leaf vegetable in Mexican and Central American cuisines, similar to spinach. The leaves must be cooked before being eaten, as the raw leaves are toxic much like traditional spinach.

LIVE PLANT ORDERS: Are for live rooted plants that are usually well over 6″ tall that already have a decent little root ball. In the event no rooted specimens are available you may receive 2 solid 6″+ cuttings per rooted plant ordered.

This is an extremely durable tropical plant. It’s well suited for xeriscaping and international shipping.

Ordering Options:
1 Fresh Cutting | 5 Fresh Cuttings | 10 Fresh Cuttings | 1 Fresh Cutting KIT | 5 Fresh Cuttings KIT | 10 Fresh Cuttings KIT | 1 Rooted Live Plant | 5 Rooted Live Plants | Shipping Upgrade: CHOICE | Shipping Upgrade: HEAT PACKS (2)


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Shipping Upgrades:
-CHOICE: Bigger box + less trimming = superior specimens normally not provided under the flat rate system.
We can ship out all year round, but that doesn’t mean we can ship to you. If you live in a FROZEN state and don’t want to wait until the thaw we can add heat packs. The parcel will also be wrapped / sealed  / taped more thoroughly than usual. For best results add on this upgrade for as many true tropical plants you order, or know that each upgrade unit will provide up to 2 heat packs to the parcel. If you only add 2 heat packs to a bigger order we can’t be held responsible if things die. A lot of stuff in the inventory can deal with being cold actually, but other stuff simply cannot. If you see this message then the order will be held until you thaw, unless you add heat packs (72 hour). Unless you have it shipped to your workplace (recommended), they might be labelled advising the USPS hold the parcel indoors at the Office for you to pick up (they may or may not actually do it). 

Chaya Spinach Tree Research Data Links:
Dave’s Garden
 – Eat The Weeds – Google – PubMed – USDA – Wikipedia

>Cnidoscolus aconitifolius leaf extract protects against hepatic damage induced by chronic ethanol administration in Wistar rats.
>Ameliorative effects of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius on alloxan toxicity in Wistar rats.
>Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the ethanolic extract of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius in rats and mice.
>Phytochemical investigation and proximate analysis on the leaves of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius.
>Methanolic extract of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius attenuates renal dysfunction induced by chronic ethanol administration in Wistar rats.
>Antidiabetic properties of ethanolic extract of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius on alloxan induced diabetes mellitus in rats.
>Amelioration of carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity and haemotoxicity by aqueous leaf extract of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius in rats.
>Effect of Cnidoscolus aconitifolius leaf extract on the blood glucose and insulin levels of inbred type 2 diabetic mice.
>The effect of chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) leaf meal and of exogenous enzymes on amino acid digestibility in broilers.
>Performance of broilers fed on diets containing different amounts of chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) leaf meal.
>The Ethnobotany of Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius): A nutritious Leaf Vegetable

Plant Germplasm (definition): Any portion of genetic material that can be grown into a live plant. Examples include seeds, stem cuttings (via many methods including air layering), root cuttings, root divisions (multiplication via division), leaf cuttings, leaf fragments (in tissue culture), rooted nodes (vines), “eyes” (offshoots from potato tubers), cacti pieces, etc. The term germplasm can also be used to describe a collection of genetic resources for an organism such as as a seed collection or, for trees, a nursery. MASS SPECTRUM BOTANICALS (Tampa, Florida): Germplasm Factory - Micronursery - Commercial Seed Bank Areas of Intent & Expertise: >Custom heirloom vegetable seed vaults. >Live Plants of a useful nature (exotic fruits, tactical landscaping plants, etc.). >Plant growth hormone regulators (PGR's) and other Plant Biostimulants. >Rare edible perennial jungle plants (green leafy vegetable year round tropical plants). >Drought tolerant edible landscape xeriscaping. >Complimentary Cancer Survival medicinal plants; >Cutting edge skin, weight & diabetes health targeting. >Laboratory-spec seed sprouting, germination & vegetative propagation kits. >Advanced horticultural science. >Ethnobotanical supplies. >Isolated herbal extracts. Pure & technical grade chemicals (powders, salts & crystals). >Tissue Culture laboratory research supplies. >Antibiotics for fish, bird, cat, dog, reptile, horse, marine, swine, chicken &  invertebrate care. >Aquarium, aquaculture, hydroponic, aquaponic & pet terrarium supplies. >Bioremediation / phytoremediation environmental solutions for the natural cleanup of toxic / nuclear waste spill / contamination. >Seeking to Buy / Sell / Trade. Seeking trade partners, suppliers and purchasing agents worldwide.

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1 Fresh Cutting, 5 Fresh Cuttings, 10 Fresh Cuttings, 1 Fresh Cutting KIT, 5 Fresh Cuttings KIT, 10 Fresh Cuttings KIT, 1 Rooted Live Plant, 5 Rooted Live Plants, Shipping Upgrade: CHOICE, Shipping Upgrade: HEAT PACKS (2)

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