Entada philippinensis Gagnep.
Entada parvifolia is a perennial climbing plant with more or less woody stems growing from a fleshy, underground tuber. The stems can attach themselves to the surrounding vegetation by means of tendrils[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a soap.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Thickets at low elevations[
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The stems are rich in saponins and have been used as a soap substitute[
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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