This species is closely related to Indigofera diphylla, having a more southerly range than that species[
Indigofera flavicans is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial plant with stems that spread and creep over the soil[
The plant is highly valued in Namibia as a potent cure for severe stomach problems, it is harvested from the wild for local use.
Africa - southern Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
A creeping plant growing in open positions in sandy soils and as a weed of cultivation[
Indigofera species generally grow best in a sunny position, preferring a well-drained but moist soil[
]. Many of the species will also succeed in drier conditions and in poor soils.
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[
A decoction of the root is valued as a potent treatment for severe stomach ailments, diarrhoea and the like[
]. The root is sometimes chewed for the same effect[
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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