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Useful Tropical Plants

Coccinia abyssinica

(Lam.) Cogn.

Cucurbitaceae

+ Synonyms

Bryonia abyssinica Lam.

Common Name: Anchote

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General Information

Anchote is a herbaceous, perennial, climbing plant producing stems up to 3.5 metres long from a fleshy, tuberous rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground or grow into the surrounding vegetation, supporting themselves by means of tendrils[
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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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food. It is often cultivated for its roots and young shoots within its native range[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northeastern Africa - Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea.

Habitat

Podocarpus forest and evergreen woodland or scrub; cultivated places especially in backyard gardens; at elevations from 1,300 - 2,400 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Year
0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Roots - cooked[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
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.
]. Rich in starch[
729
Title
Traditional African Vegetables
Publication
 
Author
Guarino L. (Editor)
Publisher
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute; Rome, Italy.
Year
1995
ISBN
92-9043-322-1
Description
The proceedings of the IPGRI International Workshop on Genetic Resources of Traditional Vegetables in Africa: Conservation and Use 29-31 August 1995, ICRAF-HQ, Nairobi, Kenya
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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