Heinsia benguelensis Welw. ex Benth. & Hook.f.
Leptactina heinsioides Hiern
Leptactina lanceolata K.Schum.
Leptactina tetraloba N.E.Br.
Leptactina benguelensis is a perennial, wiry subshrub that can be more or less erect and much-branched, or prostrate and forming cushions 30 - 200cm in diameter and 30 - 120cm tall from a thick woody rootstock[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and nectar, which are consumed locally.
Southern Africa - Zaire, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.
Brachystegia - Isoberlinia and Baikiaea woodlands, sometimes by rivers, fringing thicket etc. But also in grassland, often on kopjes and granite hillside; at elevations from 540 - 1,740 metres[
Fruit - raw[
]. A very strong, sweet scent[
]. Several reports mention that the fruits are edible, but they must be thinly fleshy and are full of stony seeds[
]. The orange-yellow-cream, rounded berry is 1 - 2cm long, thinly fleshy, edible but full of dark brown stony seeds[
The flowers are sucked for their sweet nectar[
The dried leaves are used to add flavour to tea[
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