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Useful Tropical Plants

Lactuca inermis

Forssk.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Lactuca abyssinica Fresen.

Lactuca capensis Thunb.

Lactuca hochstetteri (A.Rich.) Sch.Bip. ex Oliv.

Lactuca holophylla Baker

Lactuca kenyaensis Stebbins

Lactuca lebrunii Robyns

Lactuca leptocephala Stebbins

Lactuca pallidicoerulea Dinter

Lactuca rariflora Fresen.

Lactuca seretii De Wild.

Lactuca vanderystii De Wild.

Lactuca yemensis Deflers

Pyrrhopappus hochstetteri A.Rich.

Pyrrhopappus humilis A.Rich.

Common Name:

Lactuca inermis
Flowering plant in native habitat
Photograph by: Robert v. Blittersdorff; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Robert v. Blittersdorff
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General Information

Lactuca inermis is a sparsely-branched, erect, herbaceous perennial plant. It produces a stem 5 - 150cm tall, occasionally to 240cm tall, from a long, thick taproot[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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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 moister areas of the Sahel south to S. Africa and Madagascar; Arabian Peninsula - Yemen.

Habitat

A pioneer species, found in grassland, woodland, fallow land and roadsides; Generally in higher rainfall areas, favouring moist localities and seasonally wet depressions; at elevations from 650 - 2,800 metres, sometimes ascending to 3,450 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant can become a weed in disturbed soils[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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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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The plant flowers throughout the year, often without leaves being present[
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Edible Uses

Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Medicinal

An infusion of the older leaves is drunk as a cure for venereal diseases[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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An infusion of the boiled roots is drunk as a cure for venereal diseases[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The pulverized root is applied as a poultice to sores, ulcers, leprosy and eczema[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

A trace of alkaloid has been detected in the roots, none in the leaves, nor any other active principle[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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