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Useful Tropical Plants

Flemingia tuberosa

Dalzell

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Moghania tuberosa (Dalzell) Kuntze

Maughania tuberosa (Dalzell) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Flemingia tuberosa is a perennial plant with scandent or trailing stems 90 - 120cm long that become more or less woody.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. The root is often sold as a food in local markets[
1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern India

Habitat

Grassy slopes, moist deciduous forests[
1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

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.
].

Edible Uses

Root - raw or cooked. Sweet but somewhat astringent[
1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. Cooking the tuber removes the astringency[
1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. Fresh tubers contain 40.12% starch, 25.47% sugar and gum, 13.04% albuminoids, 12.16% cellulose, 4.13% asparagin, 3.44% ash, 1.16% yellow resin[
1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The sweet, astringent tubers are useful in the treatment of diarrhoea,dysentery and vagianal discharges (leucorrhoea)[
1463
Title
Phytochemical and Pharmacological potential of Flemingia Roxb. Ex W.T.Aiton (Fabaceae)
Publication
International Journal of Phytomedicine 3 (2011) 294-307
Author
Kavita Ghalot; V.K.Lal.; S.Jha
Website
http://www.arjournals.org/index.php/ijpm/index
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
0975-0185
Description
 
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1464
Title
Flemingia tuberosa Dalz. (Fabaceae) - a new addition to the flora of Kerala, India
Publication
JoTT Note 3(2): 1548-1549, 2011
Author
K. Subrahmanya Prasad, P. Biju & K. Raveendran
Website
http://10.11609/JoTT.o2524.1548-9
Publisher
 
Year
2011
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.
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Cuttings[
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.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-04-18. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Flemingia+tuberosa>

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