Ipomoea convolvuloides Hallier f.
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[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its root, which is used locally as a food.
Eastern Africa - Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, northern S. Africa
Scattered in dry bushveld, often on rocky slopes in exposed or shaded places[
Roots - raw or cooked. The younger ones are often eaten raw, older ones either cooked or dried and ground to a powder[
]. 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
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