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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhynchosia nummularia

(L.) DC.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Glycine nummularia L.

Nomismia nummularia (L.) Wight & Arn.

Common Name:

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General Information

Rhynchosia nummularia is an annual plant with long, prostrate, trailing stems[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka

Habitat

Found at low elevations[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally. It has antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-fertility and antipyretic effects[
1590
Title
Pharmacognostical and Phytochemical Evaluation of Aerial parts of Rhynchosia nummularia (L.) DC.
Publication
Int J Pharma Bio Sci 2018 January; 9(1): (P) 156-163
Author
Vinoth Kumar S.; Gopal V. & Devanna N.
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-6299
Description
 
].

The plant contains phenols, alkaloids and flavonoids[
1590
Title
Pharmacognostical and Phytochemical Evaluation of Aerial parts of Rhynchosia nummularia (L.) DC.
Publication
Int J Pharma Bio Sci 2018 January; 9(1): (P) 156-163
Author
Vinoth Kumar S.; Gopal V. & Devanna N.
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-6299
Description
 
].

Agroforestry Uses:

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[
1309
Title
The Leguminosae; A Source Book of Characteristics, Uses and Nodulation
Publication
 
Author
Allen O.N.; Allen E.K.
Publisher
University of Wisconsin
Year
1981
ISBN
0-333-32221-5
Description
An amazing and comprehensive work, giving a brief guide to the many genera of the family Fabaceae and also the principle uses of the genus.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-04-19. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Rhynchosia+nummularia>

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