Adhatoda diffusa Benth.
Justicia karschiana Büttner
Justicia rostellarioides Lindau
Justicia striata insularis (T.Anderson) J.K.Morton
Justicia insularis is an annual to perennial plant growing up to 2 metres tall.
The edible leaves are gathered from the wild for local use. They are sometimes sold in local markets in west Africa during the rainy season[
]. The plant is currently (2009) undergoing trials as a cultivated crop[
Tropical Africa - widespread but full extent unknown.
Found in a wide variety of habitats, from moist forests to dry savannah regions. It is also found in cultivated land, refuse heaps, grasslands and forest edges[
Requires a humus-rich, fertile soil for optimum growth, but can succeed in sandy or loamy soils[617[.
A very variable plant.
Leaves - cooked[
]. Generally prepared as a sauce to accompany a main staple[
Seed - in the wild, the seed remains dormant during the dry season, germinating with the return of the rains[
]. Seed should be harvested before the fruit is fully ripe, or the fruit splits and scatters the seed[
]. Spontaneous seedlings can be transplanted into the garden[
Root cuttings obtained from the basal portion of the stem[
Stem cuttings about 15cm long[
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