Desmodium blandum Meeuwen
Desmodium elegans (Lour.) Benth.
Dicerma elegans (Lour.) DC.
Hedysarum elegans Lour.
Meibomia elegans (Lour.) Kuntze
Zornia elegans (Lour.) Pers.
Phyllodium elegans is a perennial plant with slender, branching stems that become more or less woody. It can grow up to 2 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The species has a wide ecological and altitudinal range, some populations are known to occur within the protected areas network and no major threats to the species are currently known. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia (Java)
Found on a wide range of soils from calcium-rich clay, red soils to sand, in habitats ranging from rather open old forest, secondary growth, dry grassy fields to cattle ground, and rice fallow; at elevations up to 600 metres, occ to 1,600 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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[
A decoction of the roots is used in Thailand to relieve liver dysfunctions as well as in the treatment of some psychotic symptoms, including delirium, fibrillation and weight loss, believed to be caused by black magic. In Cambodia, the roots are employed in folk medicine to cure oedema in newborns[
An infusion of the flowers is used to cure respiratory ailments[
The roots and leaves are used medicinally for reducing fever and as an antiphlogistic and diuretic[
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