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Useful Tropical Plants

Ipomoea transvaalensis

A.Meeuse

Convolvulaceae

+ Synonyms

Ipomoea convolvuloides Hallier f.

Common Name:

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General Information

Ipomoea transvaalensis is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of suberect to prostrate stems up to 100cm long from a long, fusiform, tuberous rootstock[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for its root, which is used locally as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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663
Title
Flora of Southern Africa
Publication
 
Author
Roux J.P.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
Publisher
 
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line resource.

Range

Eastern Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, northern S. Africa

Habitat

Scattered in dry bushveld, often on rocky slopes in exposed or shaded places[
663
Title
Flora of Southern Africa
Publication
 
Author
Roux J.P.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=662545
Publisher
 
Year
2003
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line resource.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.70 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Roots - raw or cooked. The younger ones are often eaten raw, older ones either cooked or dried and ground to a powder[
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Title
Composition of Tubers Used by Hadza Foragers of Tanzania
Publication
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2001) 14, 15-25
Author
Schoeninger M.J.; Bunn H.T.; Murray S.S.; Marlett J.A.
Website
http://10.1006/jfca.2000.0961
Publisher
 
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
 
]. The roots are rather fibrous, traditionally they would be chewed and the fibrous portion spat out. If the root is dried and powdered, the fibre can be separated by sieving prior to cooking

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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