Sphenostylis schweinfurthii is an erect perennial plant with unbranched stems that become more or less woody and persist; it can grow 100 - 175cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a source of fibre. The yellow flowers are ornamental and attractive, making the plant worthy of cultivation.
Sub-Saharan Africa - Senegal through Niger to Sudan and ?Ethiopia. Also found in Angola
Open savannah, high terrace (perhaps along river bed), hollows; at elevations up to 1,700 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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[
Seeds - cooked[
]. Only eaten in times of hunger[
]. Only eaten in times of hunger according to one report, whilst another says that it is a delicious vegetable[
A fibre obtained from the stems is used to make a rope[
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