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Useful Tropical Plants

Flemingia prostrata

Roxb.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Maughania macrophylla Hatus.

Moghania philippinensis (Merr. & Rolfe) H.L. Li

Maughania philippinensis (Merr. & Rolfe) H.L. Li

Flemingia philippinensis Merr. & Rolfe

Moghania prostrata (Roxb.) Mukerjee

Maughania prostrata (Roxb.) Mukerjee

Flemingia angustifolia Roxb.

Flemingia bhottea Buch.-Ham.

Flemingia capitata Buch.-Ham.

Flemingia cumingiana Benth.

Flemingia lamontii Hance

Flemingia nana Roxb. ex Aiton

Flemingia semialata W.T.Aiton

Flemingia teysmanniana Miq.

Flemingia trinerva Desf.

Flemingia wallichii Wight & Arn.

Flemingia wightiana Graham

Flemingia yunnanensis Franch.

Moghania cumingiana (Benth.) Kuntze

Moghania semialata (W.T.Aiton) Mukerjee

Moghania sericans (Kurz) Mukerjee

Moghania teysmanniana (Miq.) H.L.Li

Moghania wallichii (Wight & Arn.) Kuntze

Rhynchosia crotalarioides DC.

Flemingia macrophylla Walker

Moghania macrophylla Hatus.

Common Name:

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General Information

Flemingia prostrata is an erect perennial plant with slightly-branched stems that become more or less woody; it can grow 30 - 90cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
497
Title
The Botany of Bihar and Orissa
Publication
 
Author
Haines H.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Adlard & Son & West Newman Ltd. London
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A flora, it gives many plant uses. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is cultivated on a large scale in southern China, where it is widely consumed by local inhabitants as an
important nutraceutical for nutritious and therapeutic purposes, especially against rheumatism and associated inflammatory ailments[
1466
Title
Competitive Neutrophil Elastase Inhibitory Isoflavones from the Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Bioorganic Chemistry 78 (2018) 249-257
Author
Jeong Yoon Kim, Yan Wang et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2018.03.024
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0045-2068
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern Japan (Ryukyu Islands), southern China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar

Habitat

Open fields, grasslands; at elevations up to 100 - 300 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. An undershrub in forests, often in rather dry forests[
497
Title
The Botany of Bihar and Orissa
Publication
 
Author
Haines H.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Adlard & Son & West Newman Ltd. London
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
A flora, it gives many plant uses. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Drier hills, especially of pine forest, in Myanmar.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally succeed in sunny and partially shady positions so long as the soil is well-drained[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].
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[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthropathy, leucorrhea, menalgia, menopausal syndrome, chronic nephritis, and for improving bone mineral density[
1466
Title
Competitive Neutrophil Elastase Inhibitory Isoflavones from the Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Bioorganic Chemistry 78 (2018) 249-257
Author
Jeong Yoon Kim, Yan Wang et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2018.03.024
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0045-2068
Description
 
,
1467
Title
Chemical Constituents from Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Chinese Herbal Medicines, 2012, 4(1): 8-11
Author
Fu Man-Qin et al
Website
http://10.3969/j.issn.1674-6384.2012.01.003
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

A 70% ethanol extract of the roots showed cytotoxic activity against a P-388 lymphocytic leukaemia cell culture[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
In addition, two prenylated isoflavones, flemiphilippinins A and B, were isolated from the roots and showed significant cytotoxicity in vitro[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The main bioactive constituents of the plant include flavanones, chalcones, isoflavones, steroids, and triterpenes, many of which have been proven to possess antiinflammatory, oestrogenic, anti-oestrogenic, immunosuppressive, and antioxidant activities[
1466
Title
Competitive Neutrophil Elastase Inhibitory Isoflavones from the Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Bioorganic Chemistry 78 (2018) 249-257
Author
Jeong Yoon Kim, Yan Wang et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2018.03.024
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0045-2068
Description
 
,
1467
Title
Chemical Constituents from Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Chinese Herbal Medicines, 2012, 4(1): 8-11
Author
Fu Man-Qin et al
Website
http://10.3969/j.issn.1674-6384.2012.01.003
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
 
Description
 
]
Phytochemical studies have reported that the root extract contains various isoflavones, flavones, and isoflavanones, which exhibited anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic, and anti-estrogenic activities[
1466
Title
Competitive Neutrophil Elastase Inhibitory Isoflavones from the Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Bioorganic Chemistry 78 (2018) 249-257
Author
Jeong Yoon Kim, Yan Wang et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2018.03.024
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0045-2068
Description
 
,
1467
Title
Chemical Constituents from Roots of Flemingia philippinensis
Publication
Chinese Herbal Medicines, 2012, 4(1): 8-11
Author
Fu Man-Qin et al
Website
http://10.3969/j.issn.1674-6384.2012.01.003
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage 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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-04-25. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Flemingia+prostrata>

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