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kudzu

(ko͝od`zo͞o), plant of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family), native to Japan. Kudzu (Pueraria thunbergiana) has a woody stem, broad leaves, and clusters of large purple flowers. It is used as a cover crop, for pasturage and hay, and for controlling soil erosion; in Asia, it is cultivated for its edible tubers and hemplike fiber. It was introduced in the United States c.1876 as a decorative vine. Later promoted for erosion control, its rank growth on roadsides, rail embankments, and forest edges in the South earned it a reputation (due in part to overestimates of its spread) as a noxious weed. Kudzu is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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A vine that takes over everything. Millions of acres are covered with this stuff. Leaves clustered in threes. Reddish purple flowers, hairy seedpods. Amazing stuff. It helps regenerate liver tissue while protecting against toxins- look out milk thistle! Kudzu has 100 times more antioxidant than vitamin E. The powdered root is a thickening agent for food. It gives a glisteny shine to stir fried foods and clear sauces. A dairy alternative in cooking. Relaxes blood vessels. Root tea used to clear intestinal blockages, yet help diarrhea, dysentery, headaches. Induces sweating (detox) while lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The whole plant is useable as a detox agent to clean the body of toxins, alcohol etc, while lowering desire for alcohol. The roots can be eaten and are a better source of estrogen than soy. Used in tumor prevention because it blocks the formation of tumor-feeding blood vessels. Said to be good for the spleen and stomach. Help ringing in ears (tinnitis)

kudzu

[′ku̇d‚zü]
(botany)
Any of various perennial vine legumes of the genus Pueraria in the order Rosales cultivated principally as a forage crop.
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This fabulous festival has already brought a community together, been the reason for research into uses for the vine, and brought new life to a town that had not had so much excitement in years until the all-encompassing kudzu vine became a symbol of the city.
This section of trail, approximately 2-m wide and mowed regularly, was surrounded by kudzu vines with a few large pine and hardwood trees nearby.
Once established, kudzu vines have extraordinary growth rates with growth of 18 m in a single growing season being common (Shurtleff and Aoyagi, 1977).
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Bushy kudzu, a vineless form with leaves close together on the stems and may look like a witch's broom on regular kudzu vines
Near Asheville, NC Kudzu Basket Making Workshop: Learn to sprit kudzu vines and weave them into a beautiful free form basket with a handle.