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Useful Tropical Plants

Indigofera stachyodes

Lindl.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Indigofera bodinieri H.Lév.

Indigofera dosua auct.

Indigofera dosua stachyodes (Lindl.) H.Lév.

Indigofera dosua tomentosa Baker

Indigofera tomentosa Graham

Common Name:

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General Information

Indigofera stachyodes is a shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia

Habitat

Sunny places, scrub; at elevations from 700 - 2,400 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Indigoera species generally grow best in a sunny position, preferring a well-drained but moist soil[
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.
]. Many of the species will also succeed in drier conditions and in poor soils.
We have seen no specific information for this species, but most members of the genus have 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.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are used as a traditional Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of rheumatism, cirrhosis, dysentery and wounds[
1507
Title
Antioxidant, α-glucosidase inhibitory activities in vitro and alloxan-induced diabetic rats’ protective effect of
Publication
Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(14), pp. 3321-3328, 18 July, 2011
Author
Yuanyuan Li, Changqin Li, Qitai Xu and Wenyi Kang
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
1996-0875
Description
 
].

A methanol extract of the dried root has been shown to have an effective action as an antioxidant and also in the prevention of diabetes, as well as being a treatment for the development of the disease and its complications[
1507
Title
Antioxidant, α-glucosidase inhibitory activities in vitro and alloxan-induced diabetic rats’ protective effect of
Publication
Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(14), pp. 3321-3328, 18 July, 2011
Author
Yuanyuan Li, Changqin Li, Qitai Xu and Wenyi Kang
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
1996-0875
Description
 
]

Other Uses

The hard wood is of a marbled yellowish-brown colour[
480
Title
Green Manures and Manuring in the Tropics
Publication
 
Author
Sornay P. De. Translated by Flattely F.W.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
John Bale, Sons and Danielsson Ltd.: London
Year
1916
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent work on the subject, even if it was written almost 100 years ago. It also includes a section of useful Legumes. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. When large enough, it is utilized locally in India[
480
Title
Green Manures and Manuring in the Tropics
Publication
 
Author
Sornay P. De. Translated by Flattely F.W.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
John Bale, Sons and Danielsson Ltd.: London
Year
1916
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent work on the subject, even if it was written almost 100 years ago. It also includes a section of useful Legumes. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

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.
].
Cuttings of about 20cm long are planted in situ at a spacing of 60 cm x 60 cm with 5 cuttings per hole. Plants produced from cuttings usually remain very low and cover rarely exceeds 12cm in height. A fair cover can be established in 4 - 6 months and a continuous, even cover in a year from planting[
1093
Title
Invasive Species Compendium
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cabi.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An immense resource - in depth information on over 900 species of invasive plants (it also has information on animals, fungi etc).
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