Harnieria dimorphocarpa Solms
Justicia leptocarpa Lindau
Rostellularia heterocarpa Hochst.
Justicia heterocarpa is an erect, hairy, annual plant, often much branched and spreading, growing up to 60cm tall. It usually roots at the lower nodes[
The edible leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption. They are sometimes sold in local markets[
East Africa from southern Egypt to S. Africa; Arabian Peninsula to India.
Dry grassland, bushland, Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland, rocky hillsides, often under shade, in a variety of soils, at elevations from 300 - 2,000 metres[
The plant is often regarded as a troublesome weed on farms within its native range[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. The leaves are chopped and cooked alone or with other vegetables; pounded groundnuts or coconut milk are added and the whole is then served with a staple food such as rice[
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