Cyanospermum javanicum Miq.
Cylista suaveolens Graham
Flemingia rothiana DC.
Glycine pondicheriensis Spreng.
Glycine rufescens Willd.
Hallia trifoliata Roth
Lespedeza indica Spreng.
Rhynchosia rufescens is an erect to trailing, perennial plant with long, slightly twining stems that become semi-woody towards the bottom[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia
]. In forests and along the sides of roads. Valleys; at elevations from 300 - 700 metres[
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Seeds are taken as food in boiled form, roasted form or in their natural state[
]. The seedpod is 6 - 10mm long, containing a single, black seed around 3mm in diameter[
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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