Adenodolichos anchietae (Hiern) Harms
Adenodolichos euryphyllus Harms
Adenodolichos nanus R.E.Fr.
Adenodolichos pachyrhizus De Wild.
Dolichos anchietae Hiern
Dolichos rhomboideus O.Hoffm.
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[
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.
Africa - Angola, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi
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[
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Adenodolichos species are usually among the first plants to appear after bush fires, resprouting from their underground rootstock[
The plant is used in traditional medicine[
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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[
The coarse stems of several species in this genus are used as roofing ties in traditional hut construction[
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