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Useful Tropical Plants

Hibiscus asper

Hook.f.

Malvaceae


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[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Title
Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Hibiscus cannabinus chevalieri Hochr.

Hibiscus cannabinus punctatus (A. Rich.) Hochr.

Hibiscus cordofanus Turcz.

Hibiscus unidens Lindl.

Hibiscus verrucosus Guill. & Perr.

Ketmia glandulosa Moench

Common Name:

Hibiscus asper
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Emeline Assede; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Emeline Assede
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General Information

Hibiscus asper is a perennial herb growing up to 2 metres tall. The stems have fine prickles[
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The plant is occasionally cultivated as a vegetable, especially in Senegal and DR Congo.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia and Uganda, south to Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Habitat

Fallow fields, grassland and edges of gallery forest[
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsSelf
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



A locally selected type of Hibiscus asper with narrow leaves is cultivated on a small scale in Senegal[
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[299. They are boiled and eaten as a vegetable, especially in the Sahel region[
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Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
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Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
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Young fruits - cooked. They are mucilaginous and are used to thicken soups[
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Medicinal

The leaves are dried over a fire and then applied to eczematous sores[
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]. The leaves are also used to treat a range of other skin problems[
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The plant is antidote, depurative, diuretic, restorative and tonic[
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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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Other Uses

A fibre is obtained from the plant[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Although the source is not mentioned, it is almost certainly from the stem bark[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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