Hedysarum obcordatum Poir.
Hedysarum reniforme Lour.
Lourea obcordata (Poir.) Desv.
Lourea reniforme (Lour.) DC.
Lourea reniformis (Lour.) DC.
Christia obcordata is a prostrate, herbaceous perennial plant with thin stems 15 - 60cm long growing from a rhizomatous rootstock[
The plant has been cultivated as a cover crop and soil improver317]. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its variegated leaves that can look somewhat like a butterfly.
E. Asia - China, Japan, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northern Australia.
Open grasslands, waste slopes, thickets; at elevations below 500 metres in southern China[
]. Dry slopes and roadsides, in grasslands and open vegetation, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental
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[
A productive leguminous cover crop, grown in southern Japan. It has also been tested in Malaysia[
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