Cardamine talamontiana Chiov.
Cardamine trichocarpa is an annual herb, usually well-branched and erect, with a taproot, growing 5 - 50cm tall. The leaves are spread at the base and along the stems[
The edible leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Gabon, northern Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia. Eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar; E. Asia - India.
Moist ground, clearings, roadsides, farmland, apparently increasingly spreading as a weed, at elevations from 2,000 - 3,000 metres[
In Tanzania it grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 1,200 - 1,800mm[
Tolerates a wide range of soil types[
Leaves - cooked[
]. They are picked, wilted and chopped. They are then boiled and added to bean or pea stew and served with a staple; or served as a vegetable alone with the staple[
The vegetable is considered useful in the treatment of kwashiorkor[
The crushed leaves are used as a dressing on wounds for 2 - 3 days to improve healing[
]. They also make a good herbal bath for babies[
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