Eriosema molle is an erect shrub with slender stems that branch mainly towards their apex; it usually grows 90 - 150cm tall, sometimes reaching 200cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
West tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to Benin
Grassland with Eriosema glomeratum, gregariously frequent in savannah; at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres[
The plant is used in the treatment of pulmonary troubles, especially coughs, and also to treat diarrhoea and dysentery[
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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