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Useful Temperate Plants

Ammopiptanthus mongolicus

(Kom.) S.H.Cheng

Fabaceae


Ammopiptanthus nanus (Popov) S.H.Cheng is included here as a synonym, following the treatment in the Flora of China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. It is recognized as distinct in some other treatments.

+ Synonyms

Ammopiptanthus nanus (Popov) S.H.Cheng

Piptanthus chinensis Przew.

Piptanthus mongolicus Kom.

Piptanthus nanus Popov

Podalyria nana (Popov) Popov

Common Name:

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General Information

Ammopiptanthus mongolicus is a much-branched, evergreen shrub growing 150 - 200cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is being grown in revegetation projects in northwest China in order to halt and reverse the advance of desertification.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - northern China, southern and central Mongolia

Habitat

Sand dunes, gravel slopes, terraces beside ravines[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Ammopiptanthus mongolicus grows in arid and subarid regions of central and northern Asia where annual precipitation can be as low as 100mm. It experiences seasonally extreme drought with temperatures that can be above 40°c in the summer and fall to below -30°c in the winter, with extraordinarily high ultraviolet irradiation[
1617
Title
Leaf-surface wax of desert plants as a potential lubricant additive
Publication
Friction
Author
Yanqiu Xia; Xiaochun Xu; Xin Feng & Guoxiong Chen
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40544-015-0081-7
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
2223-7690
Description
 
].
Requires a sunny position and a very well drained soil. The plant is often found in the wild growing in haighly saline, poor quality soils[
1617
Title
Leaf-surface wax of desert plants as a potential lubricant additive
Publication
Friction
Author
Yanqiu Xia; Xiaochun Xu; Xin Feng & Guoxiong Chen
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40544-015-0081-7
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
2223-7690
Description
 
].
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[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is very tolerant of arid and saline conditions, and also enriches the soil with nitrogen. It is being cultivated within its native range to combat and reverse desertification, being able to stabilize shifting sands[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

The leaves have a waxy coating. This wax has shown high-performance wear resistance and friction-reducing properties, and has a high potential as an environmentally-friendly lubricant additive in polyalphaolefin (PAO) for steel-steel contact[
1617
Title
Leaf-surface wax of desert plants as a potential lubricant additive
Publication
Friction
Author
Yanqiu Xia; Xiaochun Xu; Xin Feng & Guoxiong Chen
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40544-015-0081-7
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
2223-7690
Description
 
]. It can be used to replace environmentally harmful additive such as molybdenum-containing organic compounds and zinc dithiophosphate[
1617
Title
Leaf-surface wax of desert plants as a potential lubricant additive
Publication
Friction
Author
Yanqiu Xia; Xiaochun Xu; Xin Feng & Guoxiong Chen
Website
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40544-015-0081-7
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
2223-7690
Description
 
]

Although only a shrub, this plant is often harvested for fuel within its native range because it is one of the few woody species to grow there.

Propagation

Seed -
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