Alysicarpus gracilis Edgew.
Fabricia bupleurifolia (L.) Kuntze
Hedysarum bupleurifolium L.
Hedysarum gramineum Retz.
Common Name: Sweet Alys
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius is a much-branched, erect or diffuse, herbaceous perennial plant growing 20 - 120cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius is a species with a wide distribution range, which is known to occur in protected areas and the population is believed to be stable at present. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
The seed is sometimes transported as a contaminant. There are reports of it becoming invasive on some Pacific Islands and in northeastern Australia[
Africa - Mauritius; E. Asia - Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, S. China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea
Deciduous, rain, evergreen and subhumid forests; also in wastelands, grasslands, field margins and sunny places in valleys. Often found in shallow water such as ponds, water-filled ditches and along canals; at elevations from 100 - 1,300 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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[
The species is used for medicinal purposes[
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Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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