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Useful Tropical Plants

Raphionacme brownii

Scott-Elliot

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Raphionacme baguirmiensis A.Chev.

Raphionacme jurensis N.E.Br.

Common Name:

Raphionacme brownii
Flowering plant with root exposed
Photograph by: Arne Erpenbach; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Arne Erpenbach
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General Information

Raphionacme brownii is a perennial herb growing 30cm or more tall from a tuberous rootstock.
The edible root is gathered from the wild and consumed locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
326
Title
Flora of Zimbabwe
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Over 2,000 species as of 2009 (and growing). Each record usually has at least one photo with a botanical description of the plant, range, habitat etc. A very useful site.

Range

Tropical Africa - Guinea-Bissau across the sub-Saharan to Sudan.

Habitat

Dry schistose rocks, savannah scrubland[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. Grassland, scrub and open woodland, often among rock, in shallow soil or sandy areas at elevations up to 1,500 metres in Zimbabwe[
326
Title
Flora of Zimbabwe
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Over 2,000 species as of 2009 (and growing). Each record usually has at least one photo with a botanical description of the plant, range, habitat etc. A very useful site.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the semi-arid tropics.

Edible Uses

The turnip-like tuber can be eaten raw or cooked[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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