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Useful Temperate Plants

Coursetia glandulosa

A.Gray

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Coursetia microphylla (Benth.) A.Gray

Coursetia seleri Harms

Pictetia microphylla Benth. ex Hemsl.

Common Name:

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General Information

Coursetia glandulosa is a deciduous shrub or a tree that can grow from 1 - 10 metres tall. The plant spreads by means of root suckers and can form colonies. The stems are erect, long and very pliant[
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Southern N. America - southern Arizona to southern Mexico

Habitat

Tropical dry forests, desert scrub; at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres[
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. Tropical deciduous and semi-deciduous forests, dry, spiny forest, xerophilous scrub, pasture, mesophyll mountain forest, oak and pine forests[
1565
Title
Biblioteca Digital de la Medicina Tradicional Mexicana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.medicinatradicionalmexicana.unam.mx/index.php
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very valuable on-line resource with detailed information on many hundreds of medicinal plants used in Mexico
]..

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height5.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Coursetia glandulosa is found from the arid, subtropical regions of southern Arizona to the dry tropical forests of western Mexico, growing at elevations up to 1,800 metres. It can experience some frosts, at least in the north of its range.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A gum obtained from the stems is used as a remedy for stomach aches and hangovers[
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. It is dissolved in water and used as a cough syrup, and was once thought to be a remedy for tuberculosis[
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 bark is purgative. A decoction is used to give medicinal baths, or it is administered orally in case of jaundice, venereal disease, tuberculosis and scorpion stings and is also used as a purgative[
1565
Title
Biblioteca Digital de la Medicina Tradicional Mexicana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.medicinatradicionalmexicana.unam.mx/index.php
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very valuable on-line resource with detailed information on many hundreds of medicinal plants used in Mexico
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant has a vigorous root system and forms suckers. It adapts readily to unstable soils where it can form dense colonies, thus stabilizing the soil[
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

A species of lac scale insect (Tachardiella fulgens) is often found on the branches of this plant. The insects exude a conspicuous, dark reddish, gummy substance which surrounds them and protects them from predators. They live in a symbiotic relationship with a species of aphidicolous ants which tend their larvae and feed on the sap extracted by the scale insects. Branches can often be found with considerable quantities of this exudate on then, often with the insects still inside. The gum has a long history of use for medicinal purposes, as an adhesive, a sealant on food containers, an ingredient of a high grade varnishes and various other purposes[
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.
,
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The long stems are very resilient and can bend to small angles without breaking. They are used traditionally for making harpoon shafts, bows, digging tools and ramrods[
1338
Title
Systematics of Coursetia (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae)
Publication
Syst. Bot. Monogr. 21 1988
Author
Lavin M.
Publisher
 
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. They should also be very suitable for basket making[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Propagation

Seed -
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