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Pueraria tuberosa - (Roxb. ex Willd.)DC.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shrubberies and streamsides, 300 - 2000 metres[51].
Range E. Asia - Pakistan to C. Nepal and India.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full sun
Pueraria tuberosa


Pueraria tuberosa

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pueraria tuberosa is a CLIMBER growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Hedysarum tuberosum.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw[2, 105, 146]. Very large, it is up to 50cm long and 30cm in diameter[158]. A liquorice flavour[158].

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Medicinal Uses

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Demulcent  Emetic  Galactogogue  Poultice  Refrigerant  Tonic

The root is used as a demulcent and refrigerant in the treatment of fevers[240]. It is peeled and bruised into a cataplasm and used to reduce swellings[240]. It is crushed and rubbed on the body in the treatment of fevers and rheumatism[240]. It is also emetic, galactogogue and tonic[240].

References   More on Medicinal Uses

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

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a warm greenhouse in early spring. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts[200]. Cover the young plants with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well.

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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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Botanical References

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Readers comment

   Fri Apr 13 2007

I read that the pueraria tuberosa was investigated by its potency of antifertility on rats and mices, etc. Can this affect the common human?

shreeja panchal   Wed Feb 27 2008

please enter the photo of this plant

chandramolly   Sun Dec 28 2008

pueraria tuberosa is natural found in huge amount of jharkhand state in India. chandramolly "HARI SADAN" SHANTI NIKETAN COLONY PO.-BAHADURPUR HOUSING COLONY PATNA-800026 BIHAR ( INDIA)

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