Indigofera pilosa multiflora Baker.f.
Indigofera fulvopilosa is an erect or prostrate branching annual or short-lived perennial plant growing 30 - 100cm tall from a taproot[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Nigeria; Congo to Sudan, south to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Roadsides; grassland; forest margins; land regenerating after cultivation; thalweg at edge of forest gallery; big rocky scree, in deep shade; Brachystegia woodland savannahs; at elevations from 900 - 1,700 metres[
Indigoera 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.
The plant is used medicinally in Tanzania[
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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