Cynanchum omissum Bullock
Fockea dammarana Schltr.
Fockea lugardii N.E.Br.
Fockea mildbraedii Schltr.
Fockea sessiliflora Schltr.
Fockea tugelensis N.E.Br.
Fockea angustifolia is a climbing, perennial, succulent plant producing several stems up to 1.5 metres long from a tuberous rootstock. The stems can be erect or climbing, supporting themselves by twining around other plants[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its large, edible root, which is eaten locally. It is a sought after and much appreciated food in many areas of its range[
Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.
In the shade of dense bushes and small trees[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of drier areas in the tropics and subtropics. Plants cannot tolerate frosts[
Succeeds in full sun or light shade in a well-drained soil[
]. Requires ample moisture in the growing season[
The plant tends to grow faster if the swollen base of the stem (the caudex) is buried just under the soil surface[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Root - raw when young, or cooked when older[
]. A whitish, watery flesh with a nutty flavour[
]. A refreshingly juicy, crisp flesh[
]. The white flesh is soft, spongy, sweet and watery, somewhat like a water-melon, and a fortunate resource for a thirsty traveller[
]. The roots can be used for making jams and preserves[
]. The turnip-shaped root can be 30cm or more long[
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