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Markhamia obtusifolia

   (Family: Bignoniaceae)
English: Golden bean tree, Golden bell-bean Sotho: Mupfeya  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 15m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred altitude: 0 - 1300m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  Flowers in branched, terminal panicles, showy, golden yellow with reddish stripes on the lower corolla lobes
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf texture Hairy
  Leaf info EDIT
  Leaves with 3-5 pairs of oblong-elliptic leaflets and a terminal leaflet, densely covered in golden hairs when young, woolly below.
Fruit colour
Fruit size Length: 600mm   Width: 30mm
  Seed info EDIT
  Produces slim long pods up to 60×3 cm in size. Pods are yellow-brown and velvety. Produces fruit from January to September
Description EDIT
Shrub or small slender tree to 15 m.
Growing EDIT
Can be propagated from seed, wildlings, or cuttings.
Fairly fast growing.
Prefers well-drained soils, but is found on a variety of types.
Distribution EDIT
Grows in lowlands and highlands, from open woodland to dune scrub
History EDIT
Has good potential for agroforestry in the highlands and Miombo woodlands. It can be grown with crops on farmland, and inside and along farm boundaries.

The root is boiled and used to treat backaches, body pains, and to relieve stomach gas. Uses that have been cited in the literature include: treatment for scrofula, hookworm and snakebites with root powder; chewing roots to treat convulsions in children; and boiled roots, bark and leaves used as an inhalant (Westman Draft). The leaves are also used to tell fortunes.

The wood is whitish, heavy, and durable. It is used for furniture, poles, in the construction of local houses, and tool handles.
Ecology EDIT
Both leaves and fruit are eaten by goats.
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