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.
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[
The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Somalia, south to S. Africa; Madagascar; Arabian Peninsula.
Open sunny places in secondary regrowth and disturbed areas; also as a weed on farms, at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres[
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[
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Thrives in sandy clay loams and sandy loams[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
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[
Leaves - cooked[
]. 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[
A root decoction is used as a treatment for VD; for menstrual problems; pelvic pain and bladder complaints[
An infusion of the plant is used as a wash to reduce fever[
]. A decoction of the plant, combined with Tephrosia capensis, is used in the treatment of a 'weak heart' and nervousness[
]. 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[
The pounded stalks are used to treat colds and coughs in children[
Fluid from the spathes is applied locally to cure eye diseases[
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