Hedysarum longifolium Spreng.
Alysicarpus longifolius is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 120 - 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - Pakistan, western and central India.
Margins of cultivated fields, among grasses in wastelands, and in the hedges[
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[
The root is used as a substitute for liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)[
The plant is used as a substitute for Uraria picta[
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[
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