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Useful Tropical Plants

Ceratotheca triloba

(Bernh.) Hook.f.

Pedaliaceae

+ Synonyms

Ceratotheca lamiifolia (Engl.) Engl.

Sesamum lamiifolium Engl.

Sporledera kraussiana Bernh.

Sporledera triloba Bernh.

Common Name:

Ceratotheca triloba
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Bernard DUPONT
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Ceratotheca triloba Ceratotheca triloba

General Information

Ceratotheca triloba is an erect, usually branched, annual plant, occasionally becoming a short-lived perennial. It grows up to 2.5 metres tall. The whole plant is malodorous[
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The plant is cultivated as an ornamental in parts of the tropics[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, S. Africa.

Habitat

Grassland, disturbed vegetation, roadsides etc, usually in sandy soils[
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Flora Zambesiaca
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Properties

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HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a rich, well-drained soil in a sunny position or light shade[
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The leaves, stems and flowers are covered in fine white hairs. The plants are slightly sticky and when crushed give off a strong unpleasant smell[
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Edible Uses

Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Medicinal

The plant is used in traditional medicine to treat painful menstruation, stomach cramps, nausea, fever and diarrhoea[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - can be sown in situ. Existing plants usually self-sow quite freely. The seed can also be sown in a seed tray placed in light shade. Germination is usually quite quick and very good, but seedlings grow slowly. They can be planted out when around 6 - 8 weeks old[
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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-10-23. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Ceratotheca+triloba>

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