Glycine densiflora Roth
Rhynchosia chrysadenia Taub.
Rhynchosia fischeri Harms
Rhynchosia schweinfurthii Harms
Rhynchosia glomerulans Fiori
Rhynchosia stuhlmannii Harms
Rhynchosia densiflora is a climbing plant with procumbent to ascending, slender, twining stems that can range from 30 - 300cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Guinea to Ethiopia and Somalia, south to Namibia, Botswana and northeast S. Africa
Forest edges; stream-sides; grassland; thickets; edges of cultivated fields; grassland with scattered trees; rocky outcrops; limestone hill bases; copper outcrops; rain-forest[
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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 leaf is applied topically to gum-boils[
We have seen no specific entry for this species, but all members of this genus have at least some merit for use as a ground cover and in local soil conservation projects[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have ripened and dried 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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