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Useful Temperate Plants

Dalea nana

Torr. ex A.Gray

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Parosela nana (Torr.) A.Heller

Parosela lesueurii Tharp & F.A.Barkley

Dalea carnescens (Rydb.) Bullock

Dalea rubescens S.Watson

Parosela carnescens Rydb.

Parosela elatior Vail

Parosela whitehousae Tharp & F.A.Barkley

Parosela rubescens (S.Watson) Vail

Common Name:

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General Information

Dalea nana is a variable, perennial plant producing a cluster of stems that become more or less woody and persist; the stems can grow 8 - 35cm long. The plant can vary in habit from prostrate to erect; prostrate forms are more commonly branched whilst erect forms are more likely to be unbranched[
235
Title
An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada
Publication
 
Author
Britton. N. L. Brown. A.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1970
ISBN
0-486-22642-5
Description
Reprint of a 1913 Flora, but still a very useful book.
,
1359
Title
Extraction, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of leaves and root bark of Dalbergiella nyasae (Baker f.
Publication
Pharmacognosy Journal, Vol 4 Issue 34, December 2012
Author
Ngonda F.; Magombo Z.; Mpeketula P.; and Mwatseteza J.
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
DOI: 10.5530/pj.2
Description
 
]
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

235
Title
An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada
Publication
 
Author
Britton. N. L. Brown. A.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1970
ISBN
0-486-22642-5
Description
Reprint of a 1913 Flora, but still a very useful book.
,
1359
Title
Extraction, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of leaves and root bark of Dalbergiella nyasae (Baker f.
Publication
Pharmacognosy Journal, Vol 4 Issue 34, December 2012
Author
Ngonda F.; Magombo Z.; Mpeketula P.; and Mwatseteza J.
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
DOI: 10.5530/pj.2
Description
 

Range

Central southern N. America - Colorado to Kansas, south to Arizona, northern Mexico and Texas

Habitat

Dry, open hillsides, sandy and stony plains, dunes, stream-beds, sometimes weedy along roads and railroads; at elevations from 10 - 1,500 metres[
1359
Title
Extraction, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of leaves and root bark of Dalbergiella nyasae (Baker f.
Publication
Pharmacognosy Journal, Vol 4 Issue 34, December 2012
Author
Ngonda F.; Magombo Z.; Mpeketula P.; and Mwatseteza J.
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
DOI: 10.5530/pj.2
Description
 
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.25 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The variety nana is generally found on neutral to acid soils, it avoids rocky subsoils and is prevailingly calclfuge. The variety carnescens is calcicole, being found on limestone rubble, caliche, or gypsum[
1359
Title
Extraction, characterization and pharmacological evaluation of leaves and root bark of Dalbergiella nyasae (Baker f.
Publication
Pharmacognosy Journal, Vol 4 Issue 34, December 2012
Author
Ngonda F.; Magombo Z.; Mpeketula P.; and Mwatseteza J.
Publisher
 
Year
2012
ISBN
DOI: 10.5530/pj.2
Description
 
].
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

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the plant is used as a tonic for weak children[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed has a hard seedcoat and benefits 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. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2018-10-16. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Dalea+nana>

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