Common Name: Black Beniseed
Black beniseed is a stout herbaceous plant with long branches up to 2 metres tall[
]. It is unclear if the plant is an annual or a perennial[
The plant is cultivated in west tropical Africa, mainly for its seed which is eaten and used as a source of oil[
West tropical Africa.
The plant is only known in cultivation[
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A plant of lowland tropical areas, where it is usually found at elevations below 600 metres[
The plant is only known in cultivation, probably a relict of an ancient culture, having been derived from P. baikiei or P. Cristata[
The fatty seeds are dried, ground into a powder and used in soups[
]. The seeds are about 5mm long and 2 - 3mm wide[
The seeds yield almost 40% of a soft, yellowish fat with a pleasant flavour and no aroma[
]. Known as 'malukang fat', it is used for cooking[
The fatty seeds are utilized for medicinal purposes[
The plant yields fibres which can be made into cloth, bags, fishing lines, nets etc[
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