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Useful Tropical Plants

Eminia antennulifera

(Baker) Taub.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Rhynchosia antennulifera Baker

Eminia eminens Taub.

Eminia major Harms

Common Name:

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General Information

Eminia antennulifera is an erect or climbing perennial plant with stems that often become woody near the base; it can grow 75 - 180cm tall. The plant often flowers when quite short and before the leaves appear, especially after a fire[
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.
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328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
1441
Title
Eminia, Rhynchosia et Vigna (Fabacées) à̀ complexes amylolytiques employés dans la région Zambésienne pour la fabric
Publication
Belgian Journal of Botany 125:41-60; January 1992
Author
Pauwels L.; Mulkay P.; Ngoy K.; Delaude C.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 
],
The plant is harvested from the wild for its root, which is used as a food and is one of several species that is used to make a locally very popular alcoholic beverage known as 'munkoyo beer'.

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

East Africa - Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Habitat

Deciduous bushland; Brachystegia woodland; miombo; mixed deciduous woodland; at elevations from 150 - 1,500 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height1.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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

Roots - raw or cooked. The younger ones are often eaten raw, older ones either cooked or dried and ground to a powder[
1442
Title
Composition of Tubers Used by Hadza Foragers of Tanzania
Publication
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2001) 14, 15-25
Author
Schoeninger M.J.; Bunn H.T.; Murray S.S.; Marlett J.A.
Website
http://10.1006/jfca.2000.0961
Publisher
 
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. The roots are rather fibrous, traditionally they would be chewed and the fibrous portion spat out. If the root is dried and powdered, the fibre can be separated by sieving prior to cooking
The juicy roots are used as a sweetening agent when making a very popular, traditional, mildly alcoholic drink known as 'munkoyo beer'[
1441
Title
Eminia, Rhynchosia et Vigna (Fabacées) à̀ complexes amylolytiques employés dans la région Zambésienne pour la fabric
Publication
Belgian Journal of Botany 125:41-60; January 1992
Author
Pauwels L.; Mulkay P.; Ngoy K.; Delaude C.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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