Common Name: Slender Carpetweed
Slender carpetweed is a small, erect, multi-stemmed, annual plant with slender stems up to 20cm long, but usually less[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Widespread in warm temperate to tropical areas of southern and southeastern Europe, Africa and Asia to Australia.
A very inconspicuous and easily overlooked ephemeral plant, found in sandy sites, roadsides, shady and wet fields[
]. A weed of roadsides, cultivation, waste places, bare ground and dry river beds[
The plant is often regarded as a troublesome weed in the areas in which it occurs[
Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. The tender leaves are chopped and cooked; coconut milk or groundnut paste may be added and then the vegetable is served with a staple such as ugali or rice[
The plant is collected in large quantities, dried, powdered and burnt to put in incisions for the treatment of pleurisy[
The plant is often used in the treatment of fevers, bilious fevers and syphilis[
The leaf is chewed as a treatment for coughs and also to reduce the effect of a hang-over[
]. The leaves are used as a treatment for stomach ache and constipation[
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