Phyllodium pulchellum | ‘Angel’s Locks’ | Seeds

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A rare tree native to Asia and Australasia. Seeds.

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Phyllodium pulchellum | ‘Angel’s Locks’, ‘Jatsalpan’, ‘Kalaikai’, ‘Payang-payang’ | Seeds

Quite a rarity on the Western seed market, Phyllodium Pulchellum seed took us a while to find, but we’re now happy to be offering this captivating tree species! Definitely another of our UK exclusives.

Phyllodium pulchellum (syn. Desmodium pulchellum, Dicerma pulchellum, Hedysarum pulchellum, Meibomia pulchella, Zornia pulchella) is a downy perennial shrub of the Fabaceae, widespread to parts of Australia, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Generally growing at altitudes of between two hundred and two thousand metres, pulchellum prefers to grow in forests and thickets, on grassy fields and wasteland, hills and mountains, roadsides and (sometimes) watercourses in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11. It’s a delicately attractive, insect-pollinated species, covered in fine grey-white hairs and growing erectly to roughly two and a half metres tall. The plant’s branching stems tend toward woody, sprouting with green oval-ish leaves which are up to approximately thirteen centimetres in length. Tiny (five or six millimetres long) white flowers are joined by hairy, oblong-shaped fruits, pod-shaped and often multi-jointed.

As with some of the (formerly) related Desmodium species, pulchellum has long been used in various Asian traditional medicine – notably in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Parts and/or decoctions of the plant have treated (and are still being used to treat) ailments including abdominal pain and sickness, abscesses, blood clots, bone pains, colds and fevers, contusions and sprains, convulsions, delirium, diarrhoea, eye disease, haemorrhage, headache, liver and spleen problems, jaundice, malaria, menstrual and post-partum problems, poisoning, puerperium, rheumatic fever and rheumatism, snakebite, toothache, ulcers, urinary dysfunction and weight gain. Moreover, modern scientific studies suggest the plant possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and anti-diarrheal properties. The plant also has nitrogen-fixing abilities and is further used in traditional Indian brewing, as an insect repellent and to cleanse property of bedbugs.

Phyllodium‘s popularity has resulted in the creation of an incredible number of informal names for the species. Here’s all of those we’ve come across so far: ‘Ang-prom’, ‘Angel’s Locks’, ‘Apa-apa sapi’, ‘Birkapi’, ‘Calaicai’, ‘Calayacay’, ‘Caliacay’, ‘Chapor’, ‘Dheknanadak’, ‘Gaan-gaan’, ‘Huan ye xiao huai hua’, ‘Jatsalpan’, ‘Jatasalpar’, ‘Jatasalpara’, ‘Jeetedari’, ‘Jenukaddi’, ‘Jian ye a po qian’, ‘Jotasalopornni’, ‘Jutasalpani’, ‘Kadukuralite’, ‘Kadumuduru’, ‘Kadunhuralite’, ‘Kalaikai’, ‘Karrantinta’, ‘Kattumutira’, ‘Ked linz no:yz’, ‘Ketipes’, ‘Klet plaa chon’, ‘Kodakotirichunddo’, ‘Kondotinta’, ‘Krishnopornii’, ‘Lin wan zii shu’, ‘Lodhrah’, ‘Lodram’, ‘Long lin cao’, ‘Manguit’, ‘Pai chien cao’, ‘P’ai chien ts’ao’, ‘Pai qian cao’, ‘Pai qian shu’, ‘Payang-payang’, ‘Phyllodion gracieux’, ‘Prae kraoy’, ‘Salperni’, ‘Sarivi’, ‘Serengan kechil’, ‘Showy Desmodium’, ‘String of Coins’, ‘Takamala’, ‘Thap’, ‘‘Tigure’, ‘‘Toungtamin’, ‘Uchiwa-tsunagi’, ‘Ursi’, ‘Wu shi ye’, ‘Ya po qian’, ‘Yaa klet lin’ and ‘Yaa song plong’.

The plant is fairly easy to grow from seed, although tends towards dormancy the longer it’s stored. As with the Acacia, Mimosa and many other related genera, dormant seed can usually be revived by means of a hot (or cold) water soak. Plant in a well-drained potting mix; for example, seventy-five percent coarse sand to twenty-five percent coco coir. See our Cultivation section for more guidance.

You certainly don’t come across this species every day, so why not have a go at growing something new?

All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced this year


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1 review for Phyllodium pulchellum | ‘Angel’s Locks’ | Seeds

  1. Anonymous

    Great looking seeds!

    • Arkham’s

      🙂 Thanks for your feedback!

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