Brachystelma bingeri A.Chev.
Raphionacme bagshawei S.Moore
Raphionacme daronii Berhaut
Raphionacme excisa Schltr.
Raphionacme splendens is a small, succulent plant producing a single, unbranched stem up to 20cm tall from a swollen stem base[
]. The plant has very few leaves and produces a few large flowers[
The edible root is esteemed locally and is gathered from the wild as a food source by local people[
Northeast Africa - Senegal to Sudan, south to Zimbabwe.
In the shade of large trees in woodland and copses.
A plant of the drier tropics.
Requires a very well-drained soil and a position in full sun.
Tuber - raw or cooked[
]. The tubers are much esteemed as a food by local people[
]. The tuber is 50 - 75mm or more in diameter, with a white flesh exuding latex when cut. The taste is slightly bitter, due to a resinous substance. The flesh consists largely of carbohydrate matter, and is refreshing rather than nutritious. It is eaten raw in the quite fresh state, after removing the more milky resinous outer layer[
]. Europeans have used it boiled in water as a substitute for turnips[
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