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Hoita macrostachya - DC.

Common Name Large Leather Root
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards This species contains furanocoumarins, these substances can cause photosensitivity in some people[65].
Habitats Moist places[71], especially along the borders of streams[95] and salt marshes[200].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full sun
Hoita macrostachya Large Leather Root


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Hoita macrostachya Large Leather Root
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hoita macrostachya is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). It is in flower from July to August. 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 and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Hoita macrostachya. (DC.)rydb.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Root - raw, cooked or dried for winter use. Starchy[105, 177].

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Medicinal Uses

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The plant has been used in the treatment of ulcers and sores[257].

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Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the inner bark of the stem[95]. Very fine and strong, it can be used as a thread and for sewing.[61]. A fibre is obtained from the root[46]. Very tough[200], it is used to make ropes and bags[257]. Aromatic, the perfume persisting for several months[95]. A yellow dye is obtained from the roots[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil[1]. Intolerant of root disturbance[200]. This is not the case, we have successfully transplanted plants that were three years old[K]. 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

Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow in early to mid spring in a greenhouse. Either sow the seed in individual pots or pot up the young seedlings as soon as possible in order to avoid root disturbance. Grow them on in the pots until planting out in their final positions. It is usually impossible to transplant this species without fatal damage to the root[200]. Division in spring. With great care since the plant resents root disturbance. It is virtually impossible to divide this species successfully[200].

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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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