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Useful Tropical Plants

Eysenhardtia officinalis

Cruz Durán & M.Sousa

Fabaceae

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General Information

Eysenhardtia officinalis is a shrub or a small tree that can range from 1.5 - 4 metres tall[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. It is sometimes grown as a living fence.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Southern N. America - eastern Mexico (San Luis Postosi, Hidalgo, Veracruz)

Habitat

Deciduous and evergreen forests; at elevations from 200 - 550 metres[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a position in full sun, tolerating light shade.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Portions of the wood, together with the bark, are placed in a container with water and soaked for 12 hours or more. The resulting liquid is of a pale yellow colour when viewed in the light, turning blue when held against a dark backdrop. This infusion is drunk on a regular basis as a health-promoting drink and has been shown to have a positive action on maintaining the health of the kidneys and bladder, and to also be of benefit in the treatment of diabetes[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The leaves are used in the treatment of kidney conditions[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The tree is used used as a living fence[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The flowers are a good source of nectar and are relished by bees[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
,
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Other Uses

A yellowish-brown dye is obtained from the wood. It is used to colour textiles[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
,
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The wood is used for making agricultural implements and furniture[
1456
Title
Revisión del género Eysenhardtiaa (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae).
Publication
A postgraduate Thesis at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Author
Ramiro Cruz Durán
Publisher
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed - sow in trays in light shade in a nursery. No presoaking is necessary, though 12 hours in warm water might speed up the process. Germination is best at daytime temperatures of 20 - 30°c with 12 hours of light each day, though it will also germinate in the dark at temperatures from 15 - 40°c[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
]. Be very careful with the seedlings, they are very susceptible to damping off. Pot up when seedlings have three sets of true leaves and plant out when around 15 - 25cm tall.
Seed can also be sown whilst still in the seedpods. The pods should be soaked for 72 hours prior to sowing, with the water being changed every 8 hours[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
Cuttings of soft or semi-hard wood, 10 - 15cm long are quite easy and tend to root in 3 - 4 weeks[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
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