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Useful Tropical Plants

Raphionacme hirsuta

(E.Mey.) R.A.Dyer

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Apoxyanthera pubescens Hochst.

Brachystelma hirsutum E.Mey.

Mafekingia parquetina Baill.

Raphionacme divaricata Harv.

Raphionacme obovata Turcz.

Raphionacme pubescens (Hochst.) Hochst.

Raphionacme purpurea Harv.

Common Name:

Raphionacme hirsuta
Plant growing in native habitat in Swartkop area, western Johannesburg, South Africa
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General Information

Raphionacme hirsuta is a perennial plant with a large, tuberous rootstock that can be 40cm in diameter, producing several stems from 2 - 40cm tall[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
394
Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.
].
The root is sometimes harvested from the wild and used to make an intoxicating drink.

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.
,
394
Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.

Range

Southern Africa - Botswana, S. Africa.

Habitat

Grassland, in freely draining soils, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
394
Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the subtropics, just entering into the tropics in southern Africa.
Requires a very free-draining soil with plenty of moisture in the growing season and a distinct dry season when it is dormant.

Edible Uses

The plant has a large underground tuber which is mixed with sugar and brewed into an intoxicating beer[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Yeast or moulds that grow on the roots apparently contribute to the fermentation process[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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