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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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kudzu

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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That's Kudzu. In heavy cover she has found wounded ducks that undoubtedly would have been lost without her.
Kudzu is identified easily by its large, alternately arranged, trifoliate leaves with ovate to subrotund, often slightly palmately lobed leaflets, and by its racemes of fragrant reddish-purple flowers that develop in late summer and early fall (Gleason and Cronquist, 1991).
During this period, Tropical Kudzu and Forage Peanut showed a negative linear behavior with a reduction of 34 and 25 percent, respectively, in level at 70% shade in relation to the full sun.
Then, we could eliminate the ubiquitous kudzu plant from our roadways by harvesting this eyesore and using it in our food.
For example, Herndon said, during the holiday season last year, Kudzu ran out of storage space and Herndon was forced to store the bakery's paper towels in her car.
Kudzu bugs are related to the stink bugs (Pentatomidae) and shield bugs (Scutelleridae) and like these 2 families produces a strong defensive odor when disturbed.
Today, kudzu is common throughout the southeastern United States.
brizantha, y como las asociadas con Kudzu tropical, permitieron incrementos en la carga animal de mas del 135% en relacion con el promedio de la zona (0,8 animales.
"I would have loved to be there but It was my son's first day at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes.
The conduction of this study adopted a completely randomized design (CRD) with the following factorial arrangement: 3 tropical forage legumes (stylosanthes campo grande (80% Stylosanthes capitata + 20% Stylosanthes macrocephala), tropical kudzu (Pueraria phaseoloides (Roxb.) Benth) and macrotiloma (Macrotyloma axillare cv.
The subplots consisted of management treatments: conventional (with N fertilization and absence of cover crops) and with cover crops: calopo (Calopogonium mucunoides Desv.), tropical kudzu (Pueraria phaseoloides Benth.) and spontaneous vegetation.
Enveloping the display are more than 2,000 of her signature gold leaves, modeled after those of a kudzu plant--a type of vine notorious for its rapid and uncontrollable growth.