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Useful Tropical Plants

Decorsea schlechteri

(Harms) Verdc.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Phaseolus schlechteri Harms

Dolichos schlechteri Harms ex Burtt Davy

Common Name:

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General Information

Decorsea schlechteri is a herbaceous perennial, twining plant with rather slender stems 1 - 3 metres long growing from a woody rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground, twining into the surrounding vegetation for support.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Southern Africa - Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Hot, often low rainfall, areas, Kalahari Sand grasslands and scrub, and on stony slopes and hillsides, in various woodlands, scrubland and thickets; at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Found in the wild on sandy and loamy soils[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].
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[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Edible Uses

The seeds are eaten in Tanzania[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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