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.
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[
The leaves are a favoured food of some native peoples, where they are commonly harvested from the wild for local use.
Africa - widespread from Senegal to Egypt, south to S. Africa but avoiding the areas of greater rainfall.
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[
All parts of the plant have an offensive odour when crushed[
Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked[
]. 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[
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