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Useful Tropical Plants

Leobordea mucronata

(Conrath) B.-E.van Wyk & Boatwr.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Lotononis affinis Burtt Davy

Lotononis gerrardii Dummer

Lotononis mucronata Conrath

Lotononis ornata Dummer

Common Name:

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General Information

Leobordea mucronata is a perennial plant, producing a cluster of stems from a perennial rootstock; it can grow 4 - 25cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, eastern S. Africa

Habitat

Short montane grassland, among rocks and on bare ground; at elevations from 1,800 - 2,550 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Leobordea mucronata is found from the tropics of eastern Africa, south to the warm temperate zone in the mountains of S. Africa. The plant experiences frosts in parts of its range.

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[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the plant is used as a treatment for bronchitis[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
]. It is mixed with other plants and given to children

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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