This species is not universally accepted as distinct. The 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' accepts it as being closely related to, but distinct from, H. Cannabinus; whilst the African Plant Database[
] treats it as a synonym of H. Cannabinus[
Hibiscus cannabinus chevalieri Hochr.
Hibiscus cannabinus punctatus (A. Rich.) Hochr.
Hibiscus cordofanus Turcz.
Hibiscus unidens Lindl.
Hibiscus verrucosus Guill. & Perr.
Ketmia glandulosa Moench
Hibiscus asper is a perennial herb growing up to 2 metres tall. The stems have fine prickles[
The plant is occasionally cultivated as a vegetable, especially in Senegal and DR Congo.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia and Uganda, south to Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Fallow fields, grassland and edges of gallery forest[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A locally selected type of Hibiscus asper with narrow leaves is cultivated on a small scale in Senegal[
Leaves - cooked[299. They are boiled and eaten as a vegetable, especially in the Sahel region[
Young fruits - cooked. They are mucilaginous and are used to thicken soups[
The leaves are dried over a fire and then applied to eczematous sores[
]. The leaves are also used to treat a range of other skin problems[
The plant is antidote, depurative, diuretic, restorative and tonic[
]. It is used to treat a variety of complaints including urethritis, anaemia, jaundice, malaria, angina, poisoning, painful and irregular menstruation, and leucorrhoea[
A fibre is obtained from the plant[
]. Although the source is not mentioned, it is almost certainly from the stem bark[
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