Rhynchosia craibiana Rehder
Rhynchosia himalensis is a climbing plant with twining stems that scramble over the ground and climb into the surrounding vegetation for support[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Rhynchosia himalensis has a wide distribution range and is present in protected areas. However, further research and surveys are recommended to confirm the distribution range of the species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar
Among the grass, in forest understories, river valleys, mountains and fields; at elevations from 1,200 - 3,300 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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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[
Young fruits - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
A paste made from the roots is used as a poultice on the forehead as a treatment for headaches[
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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