Rhynchosia heterophylla is an erect perennial plant producing a cluster of more or less woody stems around 60cm tall growing from a stout, woody rootstock. The stems have dark red glands and are sticky; they can be stout or slender[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its root, which is one of several species used locally to make a very popular alcoholic beverage known as 'munkoyo beer'.
Tropical Africa - southern Tanzania, southern DR Congo, Zambia, northern Zimbabwe
Brachystegia, Diplorhynchus secondary woodland; Brachystegia, Isoberlinia woodland; plateau woodland on laterite; rocky hills; wooded savannah; at elevations from 900 - 1,300 metres[
The roots are used as a sweetening agent when making a very popular, traditional, mildly alcoholic drink known as 'munkoyo beer'[
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