Indigofera procera gazensis Baker f.
Indigofera paniculata is an erect, branched annual plant growing 30 - 150cm or more tall from a woody rootstock[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Humid ground; pool edges; forest gallery; savannah; fields; river banks; clayey-sandy to clayey temporarily flooded soils; grassland; forest margins; dried-up swamps; old cultivations[
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 root is used in the treatment of naso-pharyngeal affections[
The whole plant is used in the treatment of small-pox, chicken-pox, measles, etc[
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[
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