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Amphicarpaea edgeworthii - Benth.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and shaded places in lowland all over Japan.
Range E. Asia - Japan, Himalayas
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Amphicarpaea edgeworthii


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Amphicarpaea edgeworthii

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Amphicarpaea edgeworthii is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed  Seedpod
Edible Uses:

Seed and seedpods - cooked[46, 61, 105, 177]. The seedpods are harvested when green and used for food[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Carbon Farming  Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen  Agroforestry Services: Understory legume  Fodder: Pasture  Management: Fodder  Management: Standard  Regional Crop  Staple Crop: Protein

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. There is some confusion over the correct name for this species, we have followed the treatment given in 'Flora of Japan'[58], but A. japonica is the name cited in 'Legumes of Northern Eurasia'[261]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a moist humus-rich soil in a shady position[200]. 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[200].

Carbon Farming

  • Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen  Plants that contribute to nitrogen fixation include the legume family – Fabaceae.
  • Agroforestry Services: Understory legume  Legume vegetation, especially the trees and shrubs growing between the forest canopy and the forest floor.
  • Fodder: Pasture  Enclosed tracts of farmland mainly of grasses, with an interspersion of legumes and other forbs (non-grass herbaceous plants).
  • Management: Fodder  Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.
  • Staple Crop: Protein  (16+ percent protein, 0-15 percent oil). Annuals include beans, chickpeas, lentils, cowpeas, and pigeon peas. Perennials include perennial beans, nuts, leaf protein concentrates, and edible milks.

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Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and then sow in spring in a semi-shaded position in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within a few weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting them out in late spring or early summer. Division. We have been unable to divide this plant because it only makes a small taproot. However, many of the seeds are produced under the ground and these can be harvested like tubers and potted up to make more plants.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Gyuhwa Chung   Wed Dec 6 2006

Amphicarpaea edgeworthii is growing everywhere in Korea. This species is annual, not perennial plant. In Korea, the seeds are used for pain-killer. Gyuhwa Chung, Professor http://sumokwon.jeju.go.kr/plantdata/search_view.asp?code1=C02&code2=99&code3=1118 Jeju Hanra Garden, Korea

Gyuhwa Chung   Thu Nov 30 2006

Amphicarpaea edgeworthii is growing everywhere in Korea. This species is annual, not perennial plant. In Korea, the seeds are used for pain-killer. Gyuhwa Chung, Professor chung@chonnam.ac.kr

Jeju Hanra Garden, Korea

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