Adenanthera chrysostachys Benth.
Entada boiviniana (Baill.) Drake
Entada grandidieri (Baill.) Drake
Piptadenia boiviniana Baill.
Piptadenia chrysostachys (Benth.) Benth.
Piptadenia flabellata Baill.
Piptadenia grandidieri Baill.
Piptadenia greveana Baill.
Entada chrysostachys can be a shrub or a small tree growing up to 12 metres tall, or can adopt a more or less climbing habit[
]. The bole, which is often twisted, is up to 20cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Eastern tropical Africa - Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar.
Probably characteristic of rocky beds of streams and rivers and lake-margins, at elevations from 40 - 460 metres in eastern Africa[
]. Dry woodland and along rivers[
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A plant of dry to subhumid climates in the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,500 metres.
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 plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of abdominal pains[
A leaf infusion is drunk to treat colic[
A root decoction is used as a stimulant[
The root powder is applied topically to abscesses[
The heartwood is red, the sapwood white. The wood is used for making stakes in local house construction, for small carpentry and for musical instruments[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up 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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