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Useful Temperate Plants

Leobordea decumbens

(Thunb.) B.-E.van Wyk & Boatwr.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Crotalaria versicolor E.Mey.

Leptidium filicaule (Eckl. & Zeyh.) C. Presl

Leptidium versicolor (E.Mey.) C.Presl

Leptis filicaulis Eckl. & Zeyh.

Lipozygis humifusa E. Mey.

Lipozygis radula E.Mey.

Lotononis decumbens (Thunb.) B.-E.van Wyk

Lotononis humifusa Burch. ex Benth.

Lotononis radula (E.Mey.) Benth.

Lotononis rehmannii Dummer

Lotononis versicolor (E.Mey.) Benth.

Ononis decumbens Thunb.

Common Name:

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General Information

Leobordea decumbens is a perennial plant producing a cluster of prostrate stems 10 - 30cm long from a slender, branched, perennial rootstock. The plant forms a mat of growt[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, southern Namibia, Swaziland, S. Africa

Habitat

Short grassland[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.10 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Leobordea decumbens is found from the tropics of southern Africa, south to the warm temperate and mediterranean zones in S. Africa. The plant experiences frosts in parts of its range.

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

A decoction of the plant is used as a treatment for bronchitis[
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.
]. It is mixed with other plants, added to milk, and given to children

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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