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Useful Tropical Plants

Justicia insularis

T.Anderson

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Adhatoda diffusa Benth.

Justicia karschiana Büttner

Justicia rostellarioides Lindau

Justicia striata insularis (T.Anderson) J.K.Morton

Common Name:

Justicia insularis
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Marco Schmidt; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Marco Schmidt
Justicia insularis Justicia insularis

General Information

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[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
]. The plant is currently (2009) undergoing trials as a cultivated crop[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - widespread but full extent unknown.

Habitat

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[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires a humus-rich, fertile soil for optimum growth, but can succeed in sandy or loamy soils[617[.
A very variable plant.

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
]. Generally prepared as a sauce to accompany a main staple[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - in the wild, the seed remains dormant during the dry season, germinating with the return of the rains[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
]. Seed should be harvested before the fruit is fully ripe, or the fruit splits and scatters the seed[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
]. Spontaneous seedlings can be transplanted into the garden[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
].
Root cuttings obtained from the basal portion of the stem[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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.
].
Stem cuttings about 15cm long[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
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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