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Useful Tropical Plants

Eriosema salignum

E.Mey.

Fabaceae

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General Information

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[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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1322
Title
A Contribution to the Flora of the Leribe Plateau and Environs
Publication
Annals of the South African Museum Vol XVI
Author
Garabedian S.
Publisher
South African Museum
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
A brief description of the plants, usually giving local names and often traditional uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - southern Mozambique, eastern S. Africa, Swaziland

Habitat

Grassland[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
]. Veld and mountain slopes[
1322
Title
A Contribution to the Flora of the Leribe Plateau and Environs
Publication
Annals of the South African Museum Vol XVI
Author
Garabedian S.
Publisher
South African Museum
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
A brief description of the plants, usually giving local names and often traditional uses.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root is diuretic. A decoction is used in the treatment of scrofula and scanty urine[
1557
Title
A Contribution to South African Materia Medica
Publication
 
Author
Smith A.
Publisher
J.C.Juta & Co; Cape Town, S. Africa
Year
1895
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, a brief guide to the medicinal plants used by native peoples in S. Africa in the late 19th century.
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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[
1320
Title
Zulu Medicine and Medicine-men
Publication
Annals of the Natal Museum Vol 2 Pt 1, pp 1 - 103; 1909
Author
Rev. A.T.Bryant
Publisher
Natal Museum; Natal
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
An early study of the traditional medicinal plants of Natal. Botanical names are often outdated, but lots of information on uses and methods of use.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-10-14. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Eriosema+salignum>

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