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Useful Tropical Plants

Alysicarpus longifolius

(Rottl. ex Spreng.) Wight & Arn.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Hedysarum longifolium Spreng.

Common Name:

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General Information

Alysicarpus longifolius is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 120 - 150cm tall[
287
Title
Flora of Pakistan
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.efloras.org
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
As of 2006, there is not much information on habitats available, but it is being developed and promises to be an excellent resource.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

287
Title
Flora of Pakistan
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.efloras.org
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
As of 2006, there is not much information on habitats available, but it is being developed and promises to be an excellent resource.

Range

E. Asia - Pakistan, western and central India.

Habitat

Margins of cultivated fields, among grasses in wastelands, and in the hedges[
1313
Title
Pharmacognostical and preliminary phytochemical evaluation of Alysicarpus longifolius W. and A. Prodr
Publication
AYU; Apr-Jun 2013; Vol 34; Issue 2 pp229-232
Author
Bhavesh Patil, Bhupesh Patel, Preeti Pandya, C.R. Harisha
Website
http://www.ayujournal.org
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.25 m
PollinatorsInsects
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[
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 root is used as a substitute for liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
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The plant is used as a substitute for Uraria picta[
1313
Title
Pharmacognostical and preliminary phytochemical evaluation of Alysicarpus longifolius W. and A. Prodr
Publication
AYU; Apr-Jun 2013; Vol 34; Issue 2 pp229-232
Author
Bhavesh Patil, Bhupesh Patel, Preeti Pandya, C.R. Harisha
Website
http://www.ayujournal.org
Publisher
 
Year
2013
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage 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.
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-07-14. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Alysicarpus+longifolius>

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