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Desmodium caudatum - (Thunb.)A.DC.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods in C. and S. Japan[58]. Mountain slopes, roadsides, grasslands, streamsides and forest margins at elevations of 100 - 1000 metres in China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Desmodium caudatum


Desmodium caudatum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Desmodium caudatum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

D. laburnifolia. Catenaria caudata. Hedysarum caudatum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Analgesic  Antipyretic  Antiseptic  Depurative

The plant is analgesic, antipyretic, antiseptic and depurative[218]. The root and leaves are used[266].

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Other Uses

Insecticide

The roots and leaves are used as a pesticide[266].

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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 could succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny sheltered 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].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Scarify and pre-soak stored seed for 5 hours in warm water then sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates within 1 - 4 months at 25°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer and consider giving them some protection from frost in their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame. Division as the plant comes into growth in the spring. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring. Root cuttings in winter.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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