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Cicer microphyllum - Benth.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry slopes at 3300 - 4800 metres[51]. Hill slopes or river banks at elevations of 1600 - 4600 metres in Tibet[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Afghanistan to Tibet and western Nepal.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cicer microphyllum


Cicer microphyllum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cicer microphyllum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 6in). 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 and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

C. jacquemontii. C. soongaricum. Steph.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[61, 177, 183]. Young shoots - pickled or used as a potherb[177, 183]. A vinegar can be made from the acid dew that forms on the leaves overnight[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

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 this country. It grows in dry soils in the wild[51] and is likely to require a sunny position and a very well-drained soil in this country[K]. This species is cultivated in the Himalayas[51]. 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 - sow spring in the greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation 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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