If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Tropical Plants

Rhynchosia volubilis

Lour.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Rhynchosia volubilis is a climbing, perennial plant with twining stems[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It has potential for use in making tofu.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, southern Japan, Korea, Vietnam; Africa - Mauritius

Habitat

Mountains; at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seeds - cooked[
1592
Title
Texture and Storage Stability of Tofu Incorporated with Rhynchosia volubilis
Publication
J Food Sci Nutr Vol 14, p 71-75 (2009)
Author
Jun Ho Lee & Mi Jung Ahn
Website
http://10.3746/jfn.2009.14.1.071
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
In trials. up to 30% by weight of this beans were incorporated into tofu made from soya beans (Glycine max). Colour characteristics were changed, but no other significant different was recorded other than the tofu had a longer shelf-life[
1592
Title
Texture and Storage Stability of Tofu Incorporated with Rhynchosia volubilis
Publication
J Food Sci Nutr Vol 14, p 71-75 (2009)
Author
Jun Ho Lee & Mi Jung Ahn
Website
http://10.3746/jfn.2009.14.1.071
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The seed is used in the treatment of abdominal pain and backache in women; headaches, poisoning and the scrofulous glands[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
]. The seeds have traditionally been used to cure or prevent various diseases such as neuralgia, kidney disease, senile dementia, and postmenopausal osteoporosis[
1592
Title
Texture and Storage Stability of Tofu Incorporated with Rhynchosia volubilis
Publication
J Food Sci Nutr Vol 14, p 71-75 (2009)
Author
Jun Ho Lee & Mi Jung Ahn
Website
http://10.3746/jfn.2009.14.1.071
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The plant is antimicrobial, contraceptive, depurative and diuretic. It is used in the treatment of intestinal inflammation[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
,
1591
Title
n-Butanol extract of Rhynchosia volubilis Lour: A potent spermicidal agent In Vitro
Publication
J. Huazhong Univ. Sci. Technol. [Med. Sci.] (2014) 34: 398
Author
Guan, H., Fang, F., Xiong, Z. et al.
Website
http:// https://doi.org/10.1007/s11596-014-1290-4
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

An n-butanol extract of the plant has been shown to have a dose-dependant spermicidal activity. A dose of 90mg/mL terminated all progressive sperm motility within 2 minutes, and had only a slight inhibitory effect on Lactobacillus acidophilus, suggesting it was an effective and safe dose for contraception use[
1591
Title
n-Butanol extract of Rhynchosia volubilis Lour: A potent spermicidal agent In Vitro
Publication
J. Huazhong Univ. Sci. Technol. [Med. Sci.] (2014) 34: 398
Author
Guan, H., Fang, F., Xiong, Z. et al.
Website
http:// https://doi.org/10.1007/s11596-014-1290-4
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
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.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-06-24. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Rhynchosia+volubilis>

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.