The name Kedrostis leloja has been frequently misapplied to Kedrostis abdallai A.Zimm., a closely related species with a much wider range in Africa. It is very possible that the uses recorded below refer to the latter or to both species[
Cyrtonema hirtella Hochst.
Kedrostis cufodontii Chiov.
Kedrostis cufondontii Chiov.
Kedrostis gilgiana Cogn.
Kedrostis hirtella (Naudin) Cogn.
Kedrostis ledermannii Cogn.
Kedrostis longipedunculata Cogn. ex Schinz
Kedrostis natalensis (Hook.f.) A.Meeuse
Kedrostis otaviensis Dinter
Kedrostis rautanenii Cogn.
Kedrostis rigidiuscula Cogn.
Rhynchocarpa hirtella Naudin
Toxanthera kwebensis N.E.Br.
Toxanthera lugardae N.E.Br.
Toxanthera natalensis Hook.f.
Turia leloja Forssk. ex J.F.Gmel.
Ripening fruits. The identification is uncertain, it is either this species or Kedrostis hirtella.
Photograph by: Vilseskogen
Kedrostis leloja is a herbaceous, perennial climbing plant producing stems up to 2 metres long from a swollen tuberous rootstock. The bristly or hairy stems scramble over the ground and clamber into nearby plants, attaching themselves by means of tendrils[
The edible fruits and leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its fruit in Namibia[
Africa - Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, S Africa; Yemen
Combretum woodland, deciduous bushland with Acacia or Euclea, in wooded grassland of dry areas at elevations from sea level to around 1,650 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Within the plants native range it is considered to be a weed ofarable land[
Fruit - raw[
]. A bitter flavour[
]. Eaten mainly by children[
]. The shiny, orange fruits are about 50 - 90mm long and 15mm wide, containing smooth, dark brown, round seeds surrounded by orange flesh in little packets of red watery tissue[
Leaves - -cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. The leaves are chopped and cooked; coconut milk or pounded groundnuts are added, and the whole is eaten along with a staple such as rice[
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