Eriosema monticola is an erect, perennial plant usually producing a single, sparsely branched or unbranched stem 5 - 35cm tall, from a thick woody rootstock around 25mm wide. The plant rarely flowers when the leaves are rather undeveloped[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food
Tropical Africa - Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Ruanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola
Seasonally burnt montane grassland; rocky hillsides; stony meadows; at elevations from 700 - 1,700 metres[
]. The rootstock is around 25mm wide[
A sticky, reddish gum is found in the roots[
]. No details of usage are given.
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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