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Useful Temperate Plants

Dipogon lignosus

(L.) Verdc.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Dolichos capensis auct.

Dolichos gibbosus Thunb.

Dolichos lignosus L.

Verdcourtia lignosa (L.) R.Wilczek

Common Name:

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General Information

Dipogon lignosus is a climbing, perennial plant with twining stems that become more or less woody, especially near the base. The stems can be up to 4 metres long, scrambling over the ground and twining into the surrounding vegetation for support[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
,
1009
Title
New South Wales Government; Pest and Weeds Management
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website with very well-produced factsheets on over 300 noxious and environmental weeds of New South Wales
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. An ornamental plant, it is grown in gardens for its attractive flowers and dense foliage, and is also sometimes used as a green manure and cover crop[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
Often cultivated as an ornamental, especially in S. Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Dipogon lignosus has escaped from gardens, especially in coastal areas, and become invasive in bushland, heathland and dunes. The plant vigorously seeds and its growth is relentless. In a short time period this species can smother indigenous vegetation. It climbs over shrubs and trees weighing them down and eventually causing them to break. It will also spread horizontally over the ground, smothering native groundcover plants. As a nitrogen fixer, it can increase soil fertility, paving the way for other weeds to invade. It is a locally controlled weed in parts of eastern Australia[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
,
1009
Title
New South Wales Government; Pest and Weeds Management
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website with very well-produced factsheets on over 300 noxious and environmental weeds of New South Wales
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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.
,
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Southern Africa - South Africa (Cape Province).

Habitat

Scrub forest, along the perimeters of high forests and in waste ground and gardens

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height3.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Dipogon is not very cold tolerant, able to only withstand occasional mild frosts. Plants grow best at temperatures between 28 - 30°c though they tolerate mean temperatures as low as 9°c[
206
Title
Oriental Vegetables
Publication
 
Author
Larkcom J.
Publisher
John Murray
Year
1991
ISBN
0-7195-4781-4
Description
Well written and very informative.
].
Easily grown in an ordinary garden soil so long as the temperature is sufficient[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
]. Succeeds in relatively poor soils so long as they are well-drained[
206
Title
Oriental Vegetables
Publication
 
Author
Larkcom J.
Publisher
John Murray
Year
1991
ISBN
0-7195-4781-4
Description
Well written and very informative.
]. Prefers a rich moist soil in a warm sheltered position[
175
Title
Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed')
Publication
 
Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1991
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. A good article on Corydalis spp.
]. Prefers a well-drained soil with a high organic matter content and a pH between 5.5 and 6[
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.
].
The seed is explosively ejected from the mature seedpods and can travel distances of over several metres[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
].
Plants are susceptible to fire, only being able to survive light burns. So long as it did not burn too hot, the seed is stimulated into germination by the fire[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
].
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[
413
Title
Global Invasive Species Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Very detailed information on almost 400 species (with more being added) of plants that have become weeds in areas outside their native range.
].

Edible Uses

Immature seedpods - cooked[
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.
,
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.
]. Rather like snap beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)[
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.
]. Mature seedpods are 25 - 50mm long and 5 - 10mm wide[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is used as a green manure and cover crop[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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