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Useful Temperate Plants

Adesmia lotoides

Hook.f.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Patagonium lotoides (Hook.f.) Kuntze

Common Name:

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General Information

Adesmia lotoides is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial plant with a rhizomatous rootstock. It can grow up to 15cm tall when flowering.
The plant is possibly harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

69
Title
Flora of Tierra del Fuego.
Publication
 
Author
Moore. D. M.
Publisher
Anthony Nelson.
Year
1983
ISBN
0-904614-05-0
Description
Standard work for this part of S. America. Excellent details of habitat and a few notes on plant uses.

Range

Southern S. America - Argentina, Chile

Habitat

Open soil and sand, coastal scrub to 40 metres in Tierra Del Fuego and north to 50° in Chile and 41° in Argentina[
69
Title
Flora of Tierra del Fuego.
Publication
 
Author
Moore. D. M.
Publisher
Anthony Nelson.
Year
1983
ISBN
0-904614-05-0
Description
Standard work for this part of S. America. Excellent details of habitat and a few notes on plant uses.
]. Alpine zone in Patagonia, where it grows on slopes with cushion-plant communities.

Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Adesmia lotoides is found in the cold temperate zone of southern S. America, where it can be found from near sea level up to the alpine zone. The average daily temperature in the alpine zone is around 5°c; precipitation is approximately 900 - 1,000mm with snow cover for up to 8 months of the year. The most conspicuous feature of the
summer weather pattern is are powerful winds with a velocity often exceeding 60 km/h.
The plant is likely to need a well-drained light soil in a sunny position and should be tolerant of maritime exposure[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
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[
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.
].

Edible Uses

Rhizome[
69
Title
Flora of Tierra del Fuego.
Publication
 
Author
Moore. D. M.
Publisher
Anthony Nelson.
Year
1983
ISBN
0-904614-05-0
Description
Standard work for this part of S. America. Excellent details of habitat and a few notes on plant uses.
]. No further details.

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

All members of this genus serve as ground cover and have potential in soil erosion control[
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 - we have no information on this species but suggest pre-soaking the seed for 12 hours in warm water and then sowing it in a greenhouse in spring. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow the plants on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and then plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-11-26. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Adesmia+lotoides>

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