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Useful Temperate Plants

Lotus halophilus

Boiss. & Spruner

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Lotus pusillus Viv.

Lotus villosus Forssk.

Common Name: Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil

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General Information

Lotus halophilus is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 6- 12cm tall[
418
Title
Ecocrop
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Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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0
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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The plant is possibly harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

No reports of toxicity have been seen for this species but at least one member of the genus contains toxic cyanogenic glycosides[
65
Title
A Colour Atlas of Poisonous Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Frohne. D. and Pfänder. J.
Publisher
Wolfe
Year
1984
ISBN
0723408394
Description
Brilliant. Goes into technical details but in a very readable way. The best work on the subject that I've come across so far.
,
76
Title
Poisonous Plants in Britain and their Effects on Animals and Man.
Publication
 
Author
Cooper. M. and Johnson. A.
Publisher
HMSO
Year
1984
ISBN
0112425291
Description
Concentrates mainly on the effects of poisonous plants to livestock.
].

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.

Range

Mediterranean - Italy, Greece, Crete, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel to the Arabian Peninsula

Habitat

Maritime sands[
50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
]. Common on sandy soils, dunes, wadis and sandy pockets in sandstone[
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Title
Ecocrop
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Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.10 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Lotus halophilus is a plant of the arid, warm temperate zone. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 15 - 24°c, but can tolerate 4 - 28°c[
418
Title
Ecocrop
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Author
 
Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 250 - 500mm, but tolerates 100 - 700mm[
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Title
Ecocrop
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Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Grows best in a sunny position, but tolerant of light shade[
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Title
Ecocrop
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Author
 
Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. It prefers a light-textured soil, but can tolerate most well-drained soils, fruiting best where fertility is either low or moderate[
418
Title
Ecocrop
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
]. Grows well in saline, sandy, seashore habitats[
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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.
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6.5 - 7.5, tolerating 6 - 8[
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Title
Ecocrop
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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A good bee plant[
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Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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[
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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.
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Edible Uses

Seed[
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Title
Wonder Crops. 1987.
Publication
 
Author
Natural Food Institute,
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Fascinating reading, this is an annual publication. Some reports do seem somewhat exaggerated though.
]. No more details are given, but some caution is advised. See the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal

Aqueous, ethanol and butanol crude extracts of the aerial parts of the plant were tested for antimicrobial activity. The butanol extract was the most effective, followed by the ethanol extract. The aqueous extract had low activity. The butanol extract at 2000 μg/disc had a very good antibacterial activity against both gram‐positive and gram‐negative bacteria as well as moderate to good antifungal activity against Candida albicans and Aspergillus flavus[
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Title
Screening of some indigenous Qatari medicinal plants for antimicrobial activity
Publication
Phytotherapy Research, Vol 16, Issue 8 pp 751-753, 2002
Author
Adel M Mahasneh
Website
https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.1037
Publisher
 
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
 
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in situ in the spring or the autumn. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 15°c.
If seed is in short supply, it can be sown in pots in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring or early summer.
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