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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Seed[1]. No more details are given. Root. Sweet and mucilaginous[2], it is used as a food in times of famine[2][3].

Material uses

Plants produce an extensive suckering root system and can be used for soil stabilization on banks etc.
There are no material uses listed for Robinia flava.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Robinia flava.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

Earth stabiliser


Nitrogen fixer

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - pre-soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow the seed in late winter in a cold frame[4]. A short stratification improves germination rates and time[4]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the following summer. The seed stores for over 10 years[5]. Suckers taken during the dormant season.

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Cultivation

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 should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. This species is not recognised in the International Legume Database. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.

Succeeds in a hot dry position. Succeeds in any soil, preferring one that is not too rich[6][7]. Requires a well-drained soil, succeeding on dry barren sites[7]. Plants are tolerant of drought and atmospheric pollution[7]. The branches are brittle and very liable to wind damage[7]. When plants are grown in rich soils they produce coarse and rank growth which is even more liable to wind damage[8][7]. Plants sucker freely, the suckers have vicious thorns. Any pruning should be done in late summer in order to reduce the risk of bleeding[7]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[7].

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[7].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Robinia flava. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Robinia flava.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Robinia flava
Genus
Robinia
Family
Leguminosae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
x meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type












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