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ANACARDIUM (an-a-kar-dee-um)
ANACARDIACEAE. Tropical trees and shrubs of the Americas.
—Anacardium occidentale. (5) ANAC-4. Packet: $2.50
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'CASHEW'. Small evergreen tree to 40 feet, bearing small 3" edible fruits with the cashew nut at the bottom. Handsome 8" leaves. Tropical America. Zone 10. Likes a dry season and well-drained soil. Soak seeds overnight and plant on their side, keep warm, germinates in 2 - 4 weeks. Seed shell causes rash if broken, but safe to handle when whole.

UMBELLIFERAE. 'SAMPHIRE'. A single species.
—Crithmum maritimum. (100) CRIT-4. Packet: $2.50
'SAMPHIRE', 'SEA FENNEL'. Perennial to 1 - 2 feet, with fleshy divided leaves and white or yellowish flowers. Seacoasts of Europe, but thrives in sunny places. This warm, aromatic, spicy medieval herb is used in salads, with meat, as a potherb, and the leaves were salted, boiled, and covered with vinegar and spice as a pickle. Culpepper & Gerard believed that its regular consumption would prevent digestive disturbances. Its habitat on sea cliffs prompted Shakespeare to write: "Half way down hangs one that gathers Samphire; dreadful trade!"—Shakespeare, King Lear. Prechill 6 - 8 weeks to germinate in 1 - 2 weeks.

EUGENIA (you-JEN-ee-a)
MYRTACEAE. Tropical evergreen trees for mild climates.
—Eugenia uniflora. (10) EUGE-240. Packet: $2.50
Seed stored moist and refrigerated.
'SURINAM CHERRY', 'PITANGA'. Red to yellow ribbed 1 1/4" edible fruits are high in vitamin C, used in jellies and sauces. Small tree to 8 - 25 feet, with glossy, coppery green 2" leaves and 1/2" fragrant white flowers. Tropical America. Hardy to 22° F. Germinates in 2 - 6 months or so, keep warm.

MOMORDICA (mo-MOR-di-ka)
CUCURBITACEAE. Tendril climbing vines grown for their attractive fruits. Quick growing, preferring warm moist soil and a long season. Start early indoors in the North, and treat like cucumbers. Germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at warm temperatures. Seed viable 3 -4 years.
—Momordica grosvenori. (10) MOMO-28. Packet: $3.50
'LUO HAN GUO'. Climber to 15 - 20 feet, with heart shaped leaves and yellow flowers followed by 2 - 3" fruits. Forms a caudex. S. China. Zone 10. Dioecious, so both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The fruits are intensely sweet and used in Chinese medicine for lung complaints and longevity aid. Research has found anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-viral properties. Soak seed several days to germinate in 3 - 6 weeks warm.

ZEA (ZAY-a or ZEE-a)
GRAMINEAE. Corn and teosinte. Germinates in 1 - 4 weeks.
—Zea mexicana. (20) ZEA-1. Packet: $2.50
'TEOSINTE'. Annual to 10 feet, with 1 - 2" wide leaves, and a tiny 'ear' only 2 - 3" long. México. A wild ancestor of corn, and its closest relative. The 'ear' consists of two rows of kernels back to back and has the power to disperse its seed, a trait which corn has lost. For at least 3000 years teosinte has crossed with cultivated maize, resulting in a great genetic diversity which is drawn upon to produce improved varieties. This genetic diversity is greater than could be produced by 100 years of artificially-induced mutations. Ironically, the introduction of modern agricultural methods and hybrid corn varieties to these last areas of teosinte's occurrence is rapidly driving it into extinction. If we lose this ancestral genetic base, we will no longer be assured of corn's continued development.