Economic Botany

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 337–345 | Cite as

Cordeauxia Edulis — A caesalpiniaceae of arid zones of east africa

Caryologic, Blastogenic and biochemical features. Potential aspects for Nutrition
  • Jacques
  • Marie-Noëlle Miège


Economic Botany Arid Zone Glandular Hair Vigna Unguiculata Nitrogenous Substance 
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Cordeauxia edulis is a bush well adapted to semi-arid regions. 2n = 24 chromosomes have been counted. The massive and fast growth of its root system contrasts with the slow development of the aerial parts of the seedlings. We suggest a comparison between this slow development and the low content of the seed reserve proteins. Globulins constitute, in fact, only a small part of the whole nitrogen content of the seed compared to alimentary Papilionaceae, e.g.,Lablab purpureus. The distribution of amino-acids, dialysable peptides, salino-soluble proteins and insoluble proteins is analyzed. The amino-acid balance ofCordeauxia seed is compared to those of other food proteins. Compared with other legumes, it is characterized by a methionine deficiency. The absence of phytohemagglutins is a favorable factor in the nutritive value.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques
    • 1
  • Marie-Noëlle Miège
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Botanique systématique et de Biogeographie, Faculte des SciencesUniversité de Geneve et Conservatoire et Jardin botaniquesChambesy-Geneve

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