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Useful Tropical Plants

Salicornia pachystachya

Bunge ex Ung.-Sternb.

Amaranthaceae


This name is not universally accepted. The African Plant Database[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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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.
] uses both this name and Arthrocnemum pachystachyum (Bunge ex Ung.-Sternb.) A.Chev., as correct names for the species[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Arthrocnemum leiostachyum (Benth.) Paulsen

Arthrocnemum pachystachyum (Bunge ex Ung.-Sternb.) A.Chev.

Salicornia leiostachya Benth.

Common Name:

Salicornia pachystachya

General Information

Salicornia pachystachya is an erect annual plant that grows up to 40cm tall. The stem has numerous suberect or ascending lateral branches; the plant is seemingly leafless, but the stems comprise numerous superposed, more or less tubular succulent segments, each segment at apex forming a little cup with 2 short teeth embracing the base of the next higher segment[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

East Africa - coastal areas from Kenya to S. Africa, Madagascar and other African Indian Ocean islands.

Habitat

Salt marshes and mangrove swamps at sea-level near coasts[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Saline-water swamp forest with Avicennia marina and Lumnitzera racemosa mangrove; in more open parts with Suaeda on yellow sandy clay; at sea-level[
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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.
].

Properties

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HabitAnnual
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young shoots - raw or cooked[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. A distinctive, salty flavour, much liked by some[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. They can be eaten fresh in salads or as a garnish, pickled in vinegar, or as a cooked vegetable, similar to other Salicornia species outside Africa[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Medicinal

It is said that juice of the fresh plant is an excellent diuretic[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

The plant is rich in salt. Formerly, the ash of Salicornia species was used for washing[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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