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Useful Tropical Plants

Lobelia fervens

Thunb.

Campanulaceae

+ Synonyms

Dortmanna fervens (Thunb.) Kuntze

Dortmanna madagascariensis (Schult.) Kuntze

Lobelia anceps asperulata (Klotzsch) E.Wimm.

Lobelia anceps pleniflora E.Wimm.

Lobelia anceps recurvata E.Wimm.

Lobelia asperulata Klotzsch

Lobelia humilis Klotzsch

Lobelia madagascariensis Schult.

Lobelia mearnsii De Wild.

Lobelia odontoptera Schltr.

Lobelia petersiana Klotzsch

Lobelia pterocaulon Klotzsch

Lobelia subulata Klotzsch

Lobelia trialata grandiflora Chiov.

Rapuntium fervens (Thunb.) C.Presl

Rapuntium platycaulum C.Presl

Common Name:

Lobelia fervens
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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General Information

Lobelia fervens is a small annual or short-lived perennial plant growing up to 50cm tall[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
,
500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible leaves[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.

Range

Tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Somalia, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar.

Habitat

Damp and disturbed grassland, at forest edges, roadsides, beside streams, on coastal sand, always in damp places, especially in rice fields where it may be seen as a carpet of blue flowers, at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. The tender leaves and stems are chopped and cooked with or without coconut milk or ghee. The vegetable is then served with ugali or rice[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are used in the treatment of stomach aches[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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