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Useful Temperate Plants

Rafnia acuminata

(E.Mey.) G.J.Campbell & B-E.van Wyk

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Rafnia perfoliata (Thunb.) E.Mey.

Vascoa acuminata E.Mey.

Vascoa perfoliata (Thunb.) DC.

Borbonia perfoliata Thunb.

Common Name:

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General Information

Rafnia acuminata is a prostrate, much-branched, trailing perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody; it can grow up to 30cm tall and 100cm wide[
1579
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Rafnia Thunb. (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)
Publication
Dissertation for Magister Scientiae in Botany
Author
Campbell G.
Publisher
Rand Afrikaans University
Year
1998
ISBN
 
Description
A Dissertation presented in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Magister Scientiae in Botany at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Rand Afrikaans University, S. Africa.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1579
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Rafnia Thunb. (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)
Publication
Dissertation for Magister Scientiae in Botany
Author
Campbell G.
Publisher
Rand Afrikaans University
Year
1998
ISBN
 
Description
A Dissertation presented in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Magister Scientiae in Botany at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Rand Afrikaans University, S. Africa.

Range

Southern Africa - southern S. Africa

Habitat

Sandy flats, hill slopes and plateaux[
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.
]. Coastal, montane and grassy fynbos, growing on gentle or steep, dry rocky slopes, often associated with stony shale, dry, sandy soils, clays and granitic soils[
1579
Title
A Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Rafnia Thunb. (Fabaceae, Crotalarieae)
Publication
Dissertation for Magister Scientiae in Botany
Author
Campbell G.
Publisher
Rand Afrikaans University
Year
1998
ISBN
 
Description
A Dissertation presented in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Magister Scientiae in Botany at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Rand Afrikaans University, S. Africa.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height0.25 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
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 leaves is used as a diuretic[
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.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

We have had no specific information for this species, but members of this genus are generally useful for soil building and as ground covers[
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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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