Caesalpinia melanosticta Spreng.
Melanosticta burchellii DC.
Pomaria burchellii (DC.) B.B.Simpson & G.P.Lewis
Hoffmannseggia burchellii is a shortly erect or decumbent to ascending herbaceous perennial plant, producing stems 12 - 45cm long from a woody rootstock. The stems are more or less woody and can persist. The root-stock, at least in subsp. Burchellii, bears fusiform tubers up to 15cm long[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible roots.
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
]. Wooded grassland, mixed woodland; dry riverbeds; on Kalahari sand; at elevations from 900 - 1,200 metres[
The plant grows in the wild on sandy soils[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
Root - raw[
]. A slightly sweet flavour, they are loved by children though adults seldom eat them[
]. The roots are chewed for their sweet juice, then the fibrous remains are spat out[
]. The finger-shaped roots are up to 15cm long, produced in clusters of around 10 roots[
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