Until 1950, this species was not distinguished from Emilia coccinea. It is certain to be used in west Africa in all the ways that Emilia coccinea is used[
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Emilia praetermissa is an erect annual plant, usually growing up to 1 metre tall but occasionally to 1.5 metres[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Nigeria.
Open ground in the forest zone, and also commonly found in brackish mangrove swamps[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a spinach[
Liquid in which the plant has been boiled is used to wash new-born babies[
The plant is closely related to Emilia coccinea and, until 1950, was not differentiated from it. The following medicinal uses of E. Coccinea almost certainly also apply here[
The green leaves are crushed and used externally to treat sores, sinusitis and as a poultice for wounds[
The leaves are mixed with those of Ipomoea eriocarpa, then soaked in cold water and the resulting infusion used as eye drops[
The roots are boiled and the decoction used to treat VD[
]. The roots are also used to treat colic in babies and also as a chest medicine[
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