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Sophora mollis - (Graham. ex Royle.)Baker.

Common Name
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards The plant contains cytosine, which resembles nicotine and is similarly toxic[238].
Habitats Rocks in dry valleys, 1200 - 2000 metres[184]. Often gregarious on hillsides[146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Sophora mollis


Sophora mollis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sophora mollis is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft 7in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. 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: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Edwardsia mollis. Royle.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

One report says that the plant has edible qualities but does not say what part of the plant is eaten[145].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

None known

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Other Uses

Miscellany  Wood

The seed is considered useful for destroying vermin[240]. Wood - hard. Mainly used as a fuel[146, 158].

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a well-drained moderately fertile dry soil in full sun[184]. Requires a hot dry position, succeeding outdoors only in the warmer areas of the country[182] where its wood will be better ripened and more able to withstand winter cold[219]. Hardy to about -15°c[184]. Plants should be container-grown and planted out whilst young, older plants do not transplant well[219]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[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[200]. Pre-soak stored seed for 12 hours in hot (not boiling) water and sow in late winter in a greenhouse[78]. Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle into individual pots in the greenhouse, and grow them on for 2 years under protected conditions. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer of their third year. Cuttings of young shoots with a heel, July/August in a frame[11]. Air-layering[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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Author

(Graham. ex Royle.)Baker.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

   Jun 9 2011 12:00AM

I am doing a research on sophora mollis. In district Khuzdar of Balochistan Province pakistan it is known as naazboo locally. old people of villages and backward areas of Balochistan says that the juice of sophora mollis root is used to control man's sexual weaknesses and used in motions.

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