Seeds exhibited in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Photograph by: Daderot
Lysidice rhodostegia is an evergreen shrub or small tree, usually growing from 2 - 10 metres tall in China, but sometimes reaching 18 metres in Vietnam[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, source of wood, and possibly as a food. It is grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its floral display[
The roots, stems, and leaves are somewhat toxic266].
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam
Mountain slopes, jungles, among bushes, near roads, along valleys by streams; at elevations up to 500 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a fertile soil[
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[
]. We have no further information at present, but have some reservations as to edibility, at least without some kind of treatment, due to the reports of toxicity for other parts of the plant[
The roots, stems, and leaves, although somewhat toxic, are used medicinally to relieve pain from rheumatism, and arthritis and for detumescence[
The not very durable timber is used for temporary articles[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood under mist[
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