Eriosema salignum is an erect, perennial plant growing from a long root that is said to be as hard as a bone. The slender stems can grow 10 - 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southern Africa - southern Mozambique, eastern S. Africa, Swaziland
]. Veld and mountain slopes[
The root is diuretic. A decoction is used in the treatment of scrofula and scanty urine[
Should the male organs fail altogether to produce seminal fluid, a hot milk infusion of the roots of Eriosema cordatum and Eriosema salignum, drunk at bedtime, will result in an early emission[
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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