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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhynchosia heterophylla

Hauman

Fabaceae

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General Information

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[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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0
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Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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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'.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Tropical Africa - southern Tanzania, southern DR Congo, Zambia, northern Zimbabwe

Habitat

Brachystegia, Diplorhynchus secondary woodland; Brachystegia, Isoberlinia woodland; plateau woodland on laterite; rocky hills; wooded savannah; at elevations from 900 - 1,300 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
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Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.60 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

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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Title
Flavonoids from the roots of two Rhynchosia species used in the preparation of a Zambian beverage
Publication
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 65(3):347 - 354 July 1994
Author
Zulu R.; Renée Grayer J.; Ingham J.L.; Harborne J.B.; Eagle
Website
http://10.1002/jsfa.2740650313
Publisher
 
Year
1994
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Description
 
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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