Geniosporum palisotii Benth.
Ocimum flaccidum A.Rich.
Ocimum sylvaticum Thonn.
Platostoma buettnerianum Briq.
Platostoma djalonense A.Chev.
Platostoma flaccidum (A.Rich.) Benth.
Platostoma flaccidum Briq.
Platostoma africanum is a mildly aromatic, slender, prostrate to erect annual or short-lived perennial herb with stems up to 100cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes sold in local markets[
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Eritrea and Kenya, south to Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania; E. Asia - India.
Damp sites in savannah and waste places[
]. Wet forest regions, often in partial shade at forest edges, roadsides, stream banks, grassland, at elevations from 100 - 2,500 metres[
The plant sometimes becomes a weed in tea plantations within its native range[
Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
]. They can be cooked on their own, or with other vegetables, and are then served with a staple food such as ugali or rice[
]. Coconut milk is sometimes added to the dish[
The roots are soaked in warm water and the resulting liquid drunk as an aphrodisiac and also to treat headaches[
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