Eriosema pulcherrimum is an erect, perennial plant growing 5 - 25cm tall from a spindle-shaped, woody rootstock that is up to 20cm long and 1cm in diameter. The root contains a blood-red, coagulating sap[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Mali and Cote D'Ivoire to southern Chad and southern Sudan, south to northern Angola and southern DR Congo
Grassy or wooded savannah with Monotes kerstingii on sand; lateritic soils; edges of gallery forests[
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A decoction of the root is used as a genital stimulant to promote the production of sperm[
A blood-red, coagulating gum is obtained from the root[
]. No uses 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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