Eriosema cordifolium is a trailing, perennial herb, with a single branched, slender, flexuous stem around 7 - 15cm long, occasionally reaching 30cm.It grows from a tuberous rootstock around 30 x 12mm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food
East Africa - Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, southern DR Congo
Grassland; pathways; woodland; roadsides; grassy savanna on stony ground; 1500-2500 metres[
]. Used as a vegetable[
].The root can be turnip or parsnip shaped, it is around 10 - 15mm in diameter and 20 - 30mm long[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have ripened and dried the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve 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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