Byrsocarpus baronii Baker
Byrsocarpus coccineus auct.
Byrsocarpus orientalis (Baill.) Baker
Byrsocarpus pervilleanus (Baill.) G.Schellenb.
Byrsocarpus tomentosus G.Schellenb.
Rourea pervilleana Baill.
Rourea orientalis varies in habit. Usually a deciduous shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall, it sometimes adopts a more climbing habit[
A locally popular vegetable, the plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The powdered leaves are sold in local markets[
Tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, southern DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, northern Botswana.
Forest edges, woodland, bushland, at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
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Plants are fire-resistant, surviving in fire-climax grassland by resprouting from the roots once the fire has passed[
Leaves - cooked[
]. They are dried in the sun and then pounded and sieved. The resultant powder is steeped in hot water, stirred and boiled to form a thick vegetable paste which may be mixed with pounded groundnuts and eaten along with a staple such as ugali or bada[
A decoction of the roots is used as a remedy for diarrhoea, STDs and blockage of the urethra. It is also used as a prophylactic against tick fever and for treating headaches[
The wood is used for fuel[
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