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Useful Temperate Plants

Hoffmannseggia glauca

(Ortega) Eifert

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Caesalpinia chicamana Killip & J.F.Macbr.

Caesalpinia falcaria (Cav.) Fisher

Caesalpinia glauca (Ortega) Kuntze

Hoffmannseggia densiflora A.Gray

Hoffmannseggia densiflora Benth.

Hoffmannseggia falcaria Cav.

Hoffmannseggia stricta Benth.

Larrea densiflora (A.Gray) Britton & Rose

Larrea densiflora (Benth.) Britton

Larrea glauca Ortega

Common Name: Indian Rush-Pea

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General Information

Hoffmannseggia glauca is a perennial plant growing from a rhizomatous rootstock with long, underground stems which bear small dark blackish-brown, spheroid tubers ('hog potatoes') up to Icm in diameter.The aerial stems are usually unbranched, up to 40cm tall[
1493
Title
The Genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae), new for the Mediterranean Flora
Publication
Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, Volume 47, 1999 - Issue 4
Author
Camuñas E. & Crespo M.B.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/07929978.1999.10676785
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is said to have good ornamental value[
330
Title
ChileFlora
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
].
This species can spread aggressively, at least in part by means of its underground stems and tubers. It has spread to the Mediterranean and is considered to be an aggressive weed of grassland in its native range[
1493
Title
The Genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae), new for the Mediterranean Flora
Publication
Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, Volume 47, 1999 - Issue 4
Author
Camuñas E. & Crespo M.B.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/07929978.1999.10676785
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

71
Title
A California Flora.
Publication
 
Author
Munz P.A. & Keck D.D.
Publisher
University of California Press; Los Angeles
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent flora but no pictures. Not for the casual reader.
,
274
Title
Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
Publication
 
Author
Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J
Website
http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/gdiggs/NCTXpdf.htm
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute, Texas.
Year
1999
ISBN
1-889878-01-4
Description
An excellent flora, which is also available on-line.
,
1494
Title
Sinopsis de Caesalpinia y Hoffmannseggia (Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae) de Sudamérica
Publication
Darwinia 34(1-4); 299-348, 1996
Author
Ulibarri E.A.
Publisher
 
Year
1996
ISBN
0011-6793
Description
 

Range

South-western N. America - California to Kansas south through Arizona and Texas to southern Mexico; S. America - Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina

Habitat

Heavy, alkaline soils; at elevations below 900 metres[
71
Title
A California Flora.
Publication
 
Author
Munz P.A. & Keck D.D.
Publisher
University of California Press; Los Angeles
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent flora but no pictures. Not for the casual reader.
]. Roadsides and disturbed areas in Texas[
274
Title
Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
Publication
 
Author
Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J
Website
http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/gdiggs/NCTXpdf.htm
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute, Texas.
Year
1999
ISBN
1-889878-01-4
Description
An excellent flora, which is also available on-line.
]. Subarid areas and dry mountains, growing on dry, stony, or saline soils; at elevations from sea level to 3,400 metres[
1493
Title
The Genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae), new for the Mediterranean Flora
Publication
Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, Volume 47, 1999 - Issue 4
Author
Camuñas E. & Crespo M.B.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/07929978.1999.10676785
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsBees, Lepidoptera, Diptera
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Hoffmannseggia glauca is native to mainly sub-arid climates and is not very cold-hardy, being able to tolerate short-lived temperatures falling to around -8°c when fully dormant[
330
Title
ChileFlora
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
]. It can tolerate occasional snow cover, for up to 2 weeks a year[
330
Title
ChileFlora
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chileflora.com/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not realy a flora, but a lovely site with lots of helpful information for the gardener and an abundance of excellent photos covering over 2,000 species of Chilean plants.
].
The plant is likely to require a sunny position and to succeed in alkaline and heavy soils[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. Plants are known to tolerate at least some soil salinity. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
1493
Title
The Genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae), new for the Mediterranean Flora
Publication
Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, Volume 47, 1999 - Issue 4
Author
Camuñas E. & Crespo M.B.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/07929978.1999.10676785
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
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 - roasted[
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
,
161
Title
Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237.
Publication
 
Author
Yanovsky. E.
Publisher
U.S. Depf of Agriculture.
Year
 
ISBN
-
Description
A comprehensive but very terse guide. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
,
274
Title
Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
Publication
 
Author
Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J
Website
http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/gdiggs/NCTXpdf.htm
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute, Texas.
Year
1999
ISBN
1-889878-01-4
Description
An excellent flora, which is also available on-line.
,
1493
Title
The Genus Hoffmannseggia Cav. (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae), new for the Mediterranean Flora
Publication
Israel Journal of Plant Sciences, Volume 47, 1999 - Issue 4
Author
Camuñas E. & Crespo M.B.
Website
https://doi.org/10.1080/07929978.1999.10676785
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. The roasted tubers were relished by the native N. Americans[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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