This species has heretofore been confused with Eriosema parviflorum and is now recognised as a separate species[
Eriosema caillei A.Chev.
Eriosema parviflorum auct.
Eriosema djalonense A.Chev.
Eriosema spicatum is an erect to somewhat straggling, perennial plant growing from a woody rootstock. It produces a cluster of more or less woody, sparingly-branched stems usually 45 - 120cm tall, occasionally reaching 200cm[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine
West tropical Africa - Guinea to Ghana; Gabon, Congo, DR Congo
Humid ground; wooded savannah; granitic rocks; sunny rocks; edges of small woods in savannah; old cultivations; open and dry ground; meadows; at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
The plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, etc[
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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