Crotalaria amplexicaulis L.
Crotalaria reniformis Lam.
Rafnia virens E.Mey.
Vascoa amplexicaulis (L.) Thunb.
Rafnia amplexicaulis is an erect, much-branched, robust, deciduous shrub growing up to 250cm tall and 300cm wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southern Africa - southwestern S. Africa
Coastal fynbos, sandveld or resnosterveld, on sand flats, foothills, gentle or steep, rocky mountain slopes, usually growing on both deep and shallow soils, dry sands and granitic soils[
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
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[
Decoctions of plant parts have been used as a demulcent to treat catarrh and coughs[
]. The root has a licorice flavour[
We have had no specific information for this species, but members of this genus are generally useful for soil building and as ground covers[