Ceratotheca lamiifolia (Engl.) Engl.
Sesamum lamiifolium Engl.
Sporledera kraussiana Bernh.
Sporledera triloba Bernh.
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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[
The plant is cultivated as an ornamental in parts of the tropics[
Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, S. Africa.
Grassland, disturbed vegetation, roadsides etc, usually in sandy soils[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a rich, well-drained soil in a sunny position or light shade[
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[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. They are only used in times of shortage, when tastier vegetables are not available[
The plant is used in traditional medicine to treat painful menstruation, stomach cramps, nausea, fever and diarrhoea[
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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