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Useful Tropical Plants

Commelina africana

L.

Commelinaceae

+ Synonyms

Commelina angolensis C.B.Clarke

Commelina bakueana A.Chev. ex Hutch. & Dalziel

Commelina barbata villosior C.B.Clarke

Commelina benghalensis Forssk.

Commelina boehmiana K.Schum.

Commelina buchananii C.B.Clarke

Commelina cordifolia A.Rich.

Commelina dinteri Mildbr.

Commelina divaricata Vahl

Commelina edulis A.Rich.

Commelina elliotii C.B.Clarke & Rendle ex Scott-Elliot

Commelina flava Salisb.

Commelina involucrosa A.Rich.

Commelina karooica C.B.Clarke

Commelina kirkii C.B.Clarke

Commelina krebsiana Kunth

Commelina lutea Moench

Commelina lyallii (C.B.Clarke) H.Perrier

Commelina mannii C.B.Clarke

Commelina polyclada Welw. ex C.B.Clarke

Commelina subamplectens Hassk.

Dirtea africana (L.) Raf.

Hedwigia africana (L.) Medik.

Stickmannia africana (L.) Raf.

Common Name:

Commelina africana
Leafy stem
Photograph by: Eric Barbier
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General Information

Commelina africana is a very variable small herbaceous perennial plant; the stems trail along the ground with some erect branches. The plant has a thickened, fibrous root system[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Somalia, south to S. Africa; Madagascar; Arabian Peninsula.

Habitat

Open sunny places in secondary regrowth and disturbed areas; also as a weed on farms, at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.15 m
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of moist areas in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres. In Tanzania it is found in areas with a mean annual rainfall of 900 - 1,900mm[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].
Prefers a sunny position[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. Thrives in sandy clay loams and sandy loams[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
299
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.
].
The plant comes into new growth with the onset of the rainy season more quickly than most other species and so is available for use as a vegetable earlier than commonly cultivated species[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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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

Leaves - cooked[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. They are collected, chopped and boiled in water or fresh or sour milk. Simsim or groundnut paste is added. It is eaten with the staple and as a substitute for more preferred vegetables[
299
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.
,
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Medicinal

A root decoction is used as a treatment for VD; for menstrual problems; pelvic pain and bladder complaints[
299
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.
,
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

An infusion of the plant is used as a wash to reduce fever[
299
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.
]. A decoction of the plant, combined with Tephrosia capensis, is used in the treatment of a 'weak heart' and nervousness[
299
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.
]. The plant, cooked with Haplocarpha scaposa, Helichrysum pilosellum, or the root of Cotyledon decussata, is given as a medicine to young women to cure infertility[
299
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.
].

The pounded stalks are used to treat colds and coughs in children[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
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.
].

Fluid from the spathes is applied locally to cure eye diseases[
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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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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