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Useful Tropical Plants

Costus phyllocephalus

K.Schum.

Costaceae

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Common Name:

Costus phyllocephalus
Flowers and leaves
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Costus phyllocephalus Costus phyllocephalus

General Information

Costus phyllocephalus is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing a stem up to 50cm tall[
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A popular wild food within the plants native range, where it is often gathered from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Congo, southern DR Congo, northern Angola.

Habitat

Undergrowth of lowland forest, often in humid localities along streams[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young leaves and shoots - raw. Eaten as a salad, they have a pleasant, refreshing and slightly acid taste[
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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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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