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Alhagi mannifera - Desv.

Common Name Manna Tree
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places, sand dunes etc in Turkey[93].
Range N. Africa - Egypt to Turkey.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Alhagi mannifera Manna Tree


Alhagi mannifera Manna Tree

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Alhagi mannifera is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. maurorum. Hedysarum alhagi.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Manna  Root
Edible Uses:

A sweet-tasting manna is exuded from the twigs at flowering time[2, 22, 46, 61]. It is exuded during hot weather according to one report[1], whilst another says that the twigs themselves are chewed[177]. Root - cooked. A famine food, it is only used in times of need[46, 61, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Expectorant  Laxative

The whole plant is diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and laxative[46, 114]. An oil from the leaves is used in the treatment of rheumatism[238]. The flowers are used in the treatment of piles[238].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position in a well-drained light or medium soil. Plants are not very hardy in Britain, they can be grown outdoors in the summer but require protection in the winter[1]. 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].

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Propagation

Seed - pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow March/April in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in the summer. Cuttings of young shoots in a frame[1].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Alhagi maurorumCamel ThornShrub2.0 6-10  LMNDM220

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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