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Useful Tropical Plants

Vigna membranacea

A.Rich.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Vigna leptodon Harms

Vigna mensensis hastata Chiov.

Common Name:

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General Information

Vigna membranacea is an annual to perennial climbing or trailing plant, more rarely suberect. It produces stems 20 - 300cm long that scramble over the ground or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern and eastern Africa - Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania.

Habitat

Grassland; scrub; dry evergreen forest; Acacia, Commiphora bushland; coastal mixed bushland; coastal grassland in thicket; woodland; swamp sides; Pennisetum formations; fallow land; at elevations up to 2,400 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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.

Edible Uses

The leaves are eaten after frying or boiling and are said to taste like cowpea leaves[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-25. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Vigna+membranacea>

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