Dolicholus longeracemosus M.Martens & Galeotti
Rhynchosia longeracemosa is an evergreen climbing shrub with twining stems; it can grow 3 - 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The plant has been used as an hallucinogen and narcotic[
C. America - Costa Rica, north to Guatemala, southern and eastern Mexico
Deciduous tropical forest, oak forest and mixed pine-oak forest; at elevations from 150 - 1,300 metres[
]. Moist or wet thickets or forest, sometimes in oak forest, often on limestone; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,000 metres[
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A poultice made from the root of this species, combined with the root of Lasianthus axillaris, is used to treat pellagra[
The seeds have narcotic properties and were utilized by some southern Mexican native peoples[
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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