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Useful Tropical Plants

Kedrostis foetidissima

(Jacq.) Cogn.

Cucurbitaceae

+ Synonyms

Bryonia perrottetiana Ser.

Cyrtonema convolvulaceum Fenzl

Cyrtonema divergens A.Rich.

Cyrtonema foetens Hochst. ex Hook.f.

Kedrostis minutiflora Cogn.

Melothria louisii auct.

Melothria obtusiloba (Sond.) Cogn.

Rhynchocarpa foetida Schrad.

Trichosanthes foetidissima Jacq.

Zehneria obtusiloba E.Mey. ex Sond.

Common Name:

Kedrostis foetidissima

General Information

Kedrostis foetidissima is a herbaceous perennial plant producing annual stems up to 3 metres long from a tuberous, perennial rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground and climb into the surrounding vegetation, attaching themselves by means of tendrils[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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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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328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].
The leaves are a favoured food of some native peoples, where they are commonly harvested from the wild for local use.

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.

Range

Africa - widespread from Senegal to Egypt, south to S. Africa but avoiding the areas of greater rainfall.

Habitat

Rain-forest and river margins; deciduous and semi-evergreen woodland and dry bushland, wooded grassland; termite mounds; at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



All parts of the plant have an offensive odour when crushed[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
]. Although described as having an offensive odour when crushed, the leaves are a favoured raw food in some areas, where they are also used as a cooked vegetable or are added to soups and sauces as a spicy ingredient[
775
Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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