Commelina forskailii Hochst. ex C.B.Clarke
Commelina kotschyi Hassk.
Commelina latifolia Hochst. ex C.B.Clarke
Disecocarpus kotschyi Hassk. ex C.B.Clarke
Commelina imberbis is a prostrate or straggling annual plant growing 40 - 120cm tall. The long stems often root at the nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria; Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia south through eastern Africa to Angola, Botswana, Mozambique and S. Africa.
A weed of cultivated land[
When the plant invades cultivated land it is difficult to eradicate[
]. It is said to be resistant to herbicides[
Leaves - cooked[
]. A mucilaginous texture[
]. The tender leaves and stems are chopped and cooked alone or with other vegetables such as Bidens pilosa or Cleome hirta. Then it is served with a staple, dish such as ugali or rice[
The sap is used for the treatment of eye ailments, sore throat and burns and as a topical application for thrush in infants[
The plant is used in a wash to reduce fever[
The leaves are pounded and soaked in warm water and then the solution is drunk to treat diarrhoea[
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