Aeschynomene schlechteri Harms ex Baker f.
Aeschynomene fluitans is a perennial, sometimes annual, aquatic plant with floating stems 1 - 4.5 metres long. The spongy, hollow stems can be 5 - 10mm thick and are densely covered with adventitious roots[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Tropical Africa - Angola, Namibia, DR Congo, Zambia, Botswana, western Tanzania
Floating on water of slow rivers and ponds, and in floodplains, river and pond margins[
]. Permanent swamps; sand banks; floodplains; slow-river and pond margins; at elevations from 300 - 1,500 metres[
The plant produces roots and new shoots in abundance from the nodes along its stems[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Leaves and young stems - eaten as a vegetable[
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