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Useful Tropical Plants

Acmella uliginosa

(Sw.) Cass.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Calea savannarum Standl. & Steyerm.

Ceratocephalus acmella depauperata Kuntze

Ceratocephalus acmella uliginosa (Sw.) Kuntze

Coreopsis acmella uliginosa (Sw.) K.Krause

Jaegeria uliginosa (Sw.) Spreng.

Spilanthes acmella uliginosa (Sw.) Baker

Spilanthes charitopis A.H.Moore

Spilanthes iabadicensis A.H.Moore

Spilanthes lundii DeCandolle

Spilanthes salzmannii DC.

Spilanthes uliginosa Sw.

Common Name:

Acmella uliginosa
Close-up of the flower and leaves
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General Information

Acmella uliginosa is an erect or decumbent annual to perennial herbaceous plant growing from 20 - 100cm tall[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes sold in local markets and is occasionally cultivated for its leaves in Africa[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Originally native to tropical America, it is now found in much of Africa, tropical Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Habitat

Fields, waste ground, damp locations, in fallows and semi-aquatic prairies[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



The natural range of this species is uncertain, it probably arose in Tropical America but has long since spread from there to Africa, tropical Asia and the Pacific. It does have the potential to spread further and is classified as 'Invasive' in New Caledonia and Fiji[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable or used in making sauces[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
]. A hot, peppery flavour[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
]. Leaves can be harvested all year round[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are eaten as a food and also because they are believed to increase milk flow in lactating mothers[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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