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Useful Temperate Plants

Rafnia amplexicaulis

(L.) Thunb.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Crotalaria amplexicaulis L.

Vascoa amplexicaulis (L.) Thunb.

Crotalaria reniformis Lam.

Rafnia virens E.Mey.

Common Name:

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General Information

Rafnia amplexicaulis is an erect, much-branched, robust, deciduous shrub growing up to 250cm tall and 300cm 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 - southwestern S. Africa

Habitat

Coastal fynbos, sandveld or resnosterveld, on sand flats, foothills, gentle or steep, rocky mountain slopes, usually growing on both deep and shallow soils, dry sands 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

HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height2.00 m
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

Decoctions of plant parts have been used as a demulcent to treat catarrh and coughs[
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.
]. The root has a licorice flavour[
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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