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Useful Tropical Plants

Zenia insignis

Chun

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

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General Information

Zenia insignis is a deciduous tree usually growing around 15 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 100cm in diameter[
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 tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its high quality wood, though seldom on a commercial scale because of the small supply[
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.
]. It has a high potential for use in phytoremediation projects.

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 (Guangdong, Guangxi, ?Yunnan), Vietnam

Habitat

Rocky hills in forested ravines[
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.
]. Dense or sparse forests, mountain slopes; 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

Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height17.00 m
Growth RateFast
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Zenia insignis is native to subtropical and tropical areas of China, in one area to the north of its range it experiences a mean annual temperature of 17.8°c, with no frosts, and a mean annual rainfall of 1,457mm[
1623
Title
The evaluation of heavy metal accumulation and application of a comprehensive bio-concentration index for woody spec
Publication
Environ Sci Pollut Res
Author
Xiulian Zhao et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-013-2393-3
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
Succeeds in poor, rocky soils[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
A fast-growing tree[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
]
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[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
]..

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Zenia insignis is a fast-growing tree, often found on poor soils, that can fix atmospheric nitrogen and build up humus levels and fertility in the soil. When growing in areas polluted by heavy metals it has been shown to concentrate these metals in its tissues - especially zinc and cadmium. It has a high potential for use in phytoremediation projects, either as a means of removing these metals or as a means of locking them up and helping to restore the fertility of the soil[
1623
Title
The evaluation of heavy metal accumulation and application of a comprehensive bio-concentration index for woody spec
Publication
Environ Sci Pollut Res
Author
Xiulian Zhao et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-013-2393-3
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. This species is considered to be one of the few potential tree species that can replace herbaceous plants used to remediate metal contamination of the soil[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant has ecological value because of its root nodules and high metal accumulation potential, particularly for Zinc and Cadmium. This is a multipurpose tree species, which may become important in soil-water conservation[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

A high quality wood suitable for cabinet making[
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.
]. The wood is an ideal raw material for manmade construction boards, with cellulose content approaching 50.11% and lignin content approaching 22.01%. Its products are widely used in construction, interior decoration, furniture manufacturing, and other industries[
1622
Title
In vitro plant regeneration of Zenia insignis Chun
Publication
Open Life Sci. 2018; 13: 34-41
Author
Zhou Yu-qing et al
Website
https://doi.org/10.1515/biol-2018-0005
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Propagation

Seed -
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