Flemingia lineata is an erect, much-branched shrub growing 30 - 120cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, northern Australia
Mountain slopes, plains, roadsides[
]. Savannah and lower mixed forests, also in grassy places in cultivated land.
Species in this genus generally succeed in sunny and partially shady positions so long as the soil is well-drained[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The leaves are used in traditional medicine[
]. No more information is given.
The ash of this plant is made into paste with coconut oil and applied over the affected area as a treatment for skin diseases[
The plant has been grown as a green manure[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and 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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