Crotalaria erisemoides Ficalho & Hiern
Lipozygis calycina E.Mey.
Lotononis calycina (E.Mey.) Benth.
Lotononis erisemoides (Ficalho & Hiern) Torre
Lotononis orthorrhiza Conrath
Lotononis tenella hirsutissima Harv.
Polylobium calycinum (E.Mey.) Benth.
Leobordea divaricata is a short-lived perennial plant producing a cluster of prostrate stems 5 - 20cm long, growing from a taproot. The plant forms a mat of growth[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, S. Africa
Short, montane grassland, sometimes by rivers; at elevations around 1,700 metres[
Leobordea divaricata 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[
A decoction of the plant is used as a treatment for bronchitis[
]. It is mixed with other plants, especially Leobordea decumbens, and used to treat children.