Rhynchosia filipes is a climbing perennial plant with twining stems that spread over the ground, climbing into nearby vegetation for support.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - southern India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu)
Grassland, cliffs; at elevations from 1,400 - 2,300 metres.
Seeds are taken as food in boiled form, roasted form or in their natural state[
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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