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Useful Tropical Plants

Caralluma edulis

(Edgew.) Benth. ex Hook.f.

Apocynaceae


It has been proposed that the genus Caralluma be split into seven distinct genera (see Meve, U. & S. Liede. 2002. A molecular phylogeny and generic rearrangement of the stapelioid Ceropegieae (Apocynaceae-Asclepiadoideae). Pl. Syst. Evol. 234:171 - 209.). This has been accepted in the African Plant Database[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
], but has not been taken up universally. For the time being we are retaining the name Caralluma edulis, but if the revision of the genus is taken up, then the name of this species will become Caudanthera edulis (Edgew.) Meve & Liede[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Boucerosia edulis Edgew.

Boucerosia stocksiana Boiss.

Caralluma edulis (Edgew.) Benth. & Hook. f.

Caralluma edulis (Edgew.) Gravely & Mayur.

Caralluma longidens N.E.Br.

Caralluma vittata N.E.Br.

Caudanthera edulis (Edgew.) Meve & Liede

Cryptolluma edulis (Edgew.) Plowes

Desmidorchis stocksiana Kuntze

Spiralluma longidens (N.E.Br.) Plowes

Common Name:

Caralluma edulis
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Horwood
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Caralluma edulis Caralluma edulis

General Information

Caralluma edulis is a slightly succulent herb with a slender, much branched, subterete stem 20 - 30cm tall, tapering to a pointed tip at the apex[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Another description says that it is a suckering plant with grey-green succulent stems growing up to 60cm tall, obscurely 4-sided with rounded angles, generally unbranched, tapering into a long, thin flower-bearing portion[
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
The stems are sold as a food in local markets in India[
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Title
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The plant is occasionally cultivated as a vegetable and also has ornamental value[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.

Range

Africa - Mauritania, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia; through the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan and India, possibly also Iran and Afghanistan.

Habitat

Dry sandy locations, from sea-level up to 1,300 metres[
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Title
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http://www.prota.org
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and fruit all year round[
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Title
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Edible Uses

The succulent stems are eaten raw as a vegetable[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. A slightly acid flavour[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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