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Psoralea glandulosa - L.
                 
Common Name Culen
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Although no specific mention of toxicity for this species has been found, at least some members of this genus contain furanocoumarins, these substances can cause photosensitivity in some people[65].
Habitats Humid areas between Coquimbo and Valdivia in Chile, but it is never abundant[139].
Range S. America - Peru, Chile.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Psoralea glandulosa Culen


Psoralea glandulosa Culen
   
Physical Characteristics
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Psoralea glandulosa is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in flower from May to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Drink;  Tea.

The leaves are used as a tea substitute[2, 46, 61, 183]. A delicious carbonated beverage can be made from the boiled leaves[183]. The young shoots are used in making a refreshing cold drink[11]. It is very good[11].
Medicinal Uses


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Anthelmintic;  Astringent;  Cathartic;  Digestive;  Emetic;  Febrifuge;  Skin;  Tonic;  
Vermifuge.

Astringent, cathartic, digestive, febrifuge, skin, vermifuge[139, 200]. The leaves are anthelmintic and tonic[4]. The root is emetic[4].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil[1]. Requires a sunny position[182] and a well-drained soil[200]. Not very hardy outdoors in Britain, plants tolerate temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c provided they are grown in a perfectly drained soil with the protection of a south or south-west facing wall[200]. Plants can regrow from buds low down on old wood if the are cut back by frosts[200]. There are tender and hardy forms of this species[166]. Flowers are produced on the previous seasons growth and also late in the season on the current seasons[200]. Cultivated in Chile for its young shoots, which are used to make a drink[11], and also for its medicinal properties[139]. 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].
Propagation
Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and sow in early to mid spring in a greenhouse[200]. as soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in light shade in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[11].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Psoralea hypogaeaSmall Indian Breadroot40
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Psoralea macrostachyaLarge Leather Root21
Psoralea mephitica 20
Psoralea orbicularisRoundleaf Leather Root11
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Psoralea subacaulisWhiterim scurfpea20
Psoralea tenuifloraSlender Scurfy Pea, Slimflower scurfpea20
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