Rhynchosia coodoorensis Bedd.
Rhynchosia heynei is an erect, low-growing shrub.
Ther plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Although Rhynchosia heynei has a wide range through India, the species is considered to be rare since it is found in small, widely dispersed, habitat patches. The habitat is likely to suffer continued decline in extent and quality in view of ongoing threats. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2012)[
E. Asia - central and southern India
Mixed and dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles, being found in small, widely dispersed patches; at elevations from 250 - 1,130 metres[
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Rhynchosia heynei is used by local people to treat rheumatic pains, arthritis and skin diseases[
The essential oil obtained from the leaves by steam distillation has been investigated for antimicrobial activity and chemical characterization[
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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