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Pueraria phaseoloides - (Roxb.)Benth.
                 
Common Name Tropical Kudzu
Family Fabaceae or Leguminosae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in broadleaved forests growing over rocks and into trees in the upper tropical and lower subtropical zones.
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Pueraria phaseoloides Tropical Kudzu


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Pueraria phaseoloides Tropical Kudzu
   
Physical Characteristics
 
Pueraria phaseoloides is a CLIMBER. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have 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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

The tuberous root can be eaten[105, 177, 183].
Medicinal Uses


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Poultice;  Skin.

A poultice of the plant is applied to ulcers and boils, especially in children[240]. A decoction is also used internally[240].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Agroforestry Services: Nitrogen;  Agroforestry Services: Understory legume;  Fodder: Bank;  Fodder: Pasture;  Industrial Crop: Fiber;  Management: Fodder;  Management: Hay;  Minor Global Crop.

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 is unlikely to be winter hardy in any but the very mildest parts of the country. It is probably possible to grow it as an annual crop, harvesting the root in the autumn. 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].
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.
Other Names
Alan susu, Jermei-kyn-saw, Jermei-soh-gonsoh, Kachang-kachang, Kuzu-ingen, San day, Suloh, Tampong urat, Tua-sian-pah, du da miu.
Found In
Africa, Angola, Asia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caribbean, Central Africa, Central America, China, East Africa, Ecuador, Fiji, French Guiana, Ghana, Guyana, Himalayas, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, Liberia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Niue, Northeastern India, Pacific, Panama, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Samoa, SE Asia, Seychelles, Sao Tome & Principe, SE Asia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South America, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Vietnam, West Africa,
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
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Elizabeth H.
Raffi Tue Dec 1 2009

Gardenology.org - Garden wiki & Plant encyclopedia Pueraria phaseoloides article

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