Phaseolus schlechteri Harms
Dolichos schlechteri Harms ex Burtt Davy
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.
Southern Africa - Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.
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[
Found in the wild on sandy and loamy soils[
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 seeds are eaten in Tanzania[
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