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Edible uses


Seed - cooked. The seed can be ground into a meal and used with cereal flours in making bread etc[1][2]. The seed contains 26.4 - 51.9% protein and 4.3 - 7.3% fat[3]. Young plant - cooked[1][2]. A nutritional analysis is available[3].


Material uses

The plant is fast growing and has an extensive root system. It has been widely used, especially in N. America, for restoring fertility to worn-out soils[4].
There are no material uses listed for Kummerowia striata.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is used medicinally as a diuretic, for reducing fever, and treating diarrhea[5]. A decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of extreme physical debility and swellings[3]. It is boiled with Centella asiatica and Prunella vulgaris for the treatment of dysentery, headache and vertigo[3]. A broth is used to improve the appetite[3].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Soil builder

Nitrogen fixer


Nothing listed.


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Seed - pre-soak for 12 hours in warm water and sow in situ in mid spring.

Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Kummerowia striata. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.


We have very little information on this species but it should succeed as a spring-sown annual in Britain. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.

Plants sometimes produce cleistogamous flowers.

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[6]. When removing plant remains at the end of the growing season, it is best to only remove the aerial parts of the plant, leaving the roots in the ground to decay and release their nitrogen.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Kummerowia striata.




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Full Data

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Binomial name
Kummerowia striata
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
    5. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
    6. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    7. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)
    8. ? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)

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    Functions asSoil builder + and Nitrogen fixer +
    Has binomial nameKummerowia striata +
    Has common nameCommon Lespedeza +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has edible partLeaves + and Seed +
    Has edible useUnknown use +
    Has fertility typeInsects + and Cleistogomy +
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    Has lifecycle typeAnnual +
    Has mature height0.2 +
    Has medicinal partUnknown part +
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    Has shade toleranceLight shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
    Has sun preferenceFull sun +
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