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Useful Tropical Plants

Adenodolichos rhomboideus

(O.Hoffm.) Harms

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Adenodolichos anchietae (Hiern) Harms

Adenodolichos euryphyllus Harms

Adenodolichos nanus R.E.Fr.

Adenodolichos pachyrhizus De Wild.

Dolichos anchietae Hiern

Dolichos rhomboideus O.Hoffm.

Common Name:

Adenodolichos rhomboideus
Leaves
Photograph by: Warren McCleland; African plants - A Photo Guide
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General Information

Adenodolichos rhomboideus is a trailing, perennial plant growing from a woody rootstock or a creeping underground rhizome. The stems become more or less woody and persist, they can be several metres long and form large patches of growth[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials. It can be grown in sites contaminated with a range of heavy metals in order to stabilize and remediate the soil.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Africa - Angola, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi

Habitat

Brachystegia-Julbernardia open woodland; sandy ground in open forest; wooded thickets; open bushland with tall grasses; periodically wet sand; sandy ground; sometimes abundant; part of the pre-fire flora; at elevations from 1,200 - 1,900 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
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

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Adenodolichos species are usually among the first plants to appear after bush fires, resprouting from their underground rootstock[
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.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used in traditional medicine[
1311
Title
Heavy Metals Concentration in Adenodolichos rhomboideus (O. Hoffm.) Harms. Forage Growing on Mining Tailings in Sout
Publication
Int. J. Curr. Res. Biosci. Plant Biol. 2014, 1(5): 16-27
Author
Tshibangu M.I.; Nsahlai V.I.; Kiatoko M.H.; and Hornick J.L.
Website
http://www.ijcrbp.com
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. No more details.

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant can grow in soils that have high concentrations of copper, cobalt, zinc and lead as a result of contamination with mine waste. Whilst it is only partially effective in phytoextraction of these metals, it is a very useful plant for phytoremediation of the soil and for soil stabilization[
1311
Title
Heavy Metals Concentration in Adenodolichos rhomboideus (O. Hoffm.) Harms. Forage Growing on Mining Tailings in Sout
Publication
Int. J. Curr. Res. Biosci. Plant Biol. 2014, 1(5): 16-27
Author
Tshibangu M.I.; Nsahlai V.I.; Kiatoko M.H.; and Hornick J.L.
Website
http://www.ijcrbp.com
Publisher
 
Year
2014
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The coarse stems of several species in this genus are used as roofing ties in traditional hut construction[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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