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Useful Temperate Plants

Argyrolobium tuberosum

Eckl. & Zeyh.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Chasmone tuberosa (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Meisn.

Argyrolobium angustifolium Eckl. & Zeyh.

Common Name:

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General Information

Argyrolobium tuberosum is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant producing a single, unbranched or slightly branched stem 40 - 90cm tall from a tuberous rootstock[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa

Habitat

Sandy river banks and grassland; at elevations around 1,700 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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Argyrolobium tuberosum grows at moderate elevations in the subtropical regions of S. Africa, where it can experience several frosts each year and occasional snow. Rainfall can vary from 600 - 1,200mm per year[
1322
Title
A Contribution to the Flora of the Leribe Plateau and Environs
Publication
Annals of the South African Museum Vol XVI
Author
Garabedian S.
Publisher
South African Museum
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
A brief description of the plants, usually giving local names and often traditional uses.
].

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.
].

Edible Uses

Tuber[
1321
Title
Swaziland's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Chris Long
Website
http://www.sntc.org.sz/flora/chrislong.asp
Publisher
 
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A basic, but very long, list of names and uses.
]. Children chew the roots[
1322
Title
A Contribution to the Flora of the Leribe Plateau and Environs
Publication
Annals of the South African Museum Vol XVI
Author
Garabedian S.
Publisher
South African Museum
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
A brief description of the plants, usually giving local names and often traditional uses.
]. The tuberous root can be more than 30cm long[
1322
Title
A Contribution to the Flora of the Leribe Plateau and Environs
Publication
Annals of the South African Museum Vol XVI
Author
Garabedian S.
Publisher
South African Museum
Year
1917
ISBN
 
Description
A brief description of the plants, usually giving local names and often traditional uses.
].

Leaves[
1321
Title
Swaziland's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Chris Long
Website
http://www.sntc.org.sz/flora/chrislong.asp
Publisher
 
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A basic, but very long, list of names and uses.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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