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Useful Tropical Plants

Lepidium africanum

(Burm.f.) DC.

Brassicaceae

+ Synonyms

Lepidium linoides Thunb.

Lepidium schlechteri Burtt Davy

Thlaspi africanum Burm.f.

Common Name:

Lepidium africanum
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Fagg, M.
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Lepidium africanum is an erect or straggling, usually much-branched, annual to perennial plant with stems that can become more or less woody; it can grow 15 - 100cm tall[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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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 - Eritrea, Ethiopia, eastern DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Open dry grassland, a weed in arable fields, roadsides; at elevations from 1,100 - 2,600 metres, occasionally descending to 100 metres[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.70 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant has become a widespread weed of warm temperate to tropical regions[
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Medicinal

The leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat cough, bronchitis and sore throat[
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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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Dried unripe seed is added to food for the treatment of stomach ulcers[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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