Lotononis mucronata Conrath
Lotononis ornata Dummer
Lotononis affinis Burtt Davy
Lotononis gerrardii Dummer
Leobordea mucronata is a perennial plant, producing a cluster of stems from a perennial rootstock; it can grow 4 - 25cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, eastern S. Africa
Short montane grassland, among rocks and on bare ground; at elevations from 1,800 - 2,550 metres[
Leobordea mucronata is found from the tropics of eastern Africa, south to the warm temperate zone in the mountains of S. Africa. The plant experiences frosts in parts of its 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[
A decoction of the plant is used as a treatment for bronchitis[
]. It is mixed with other plants and given to children