Gaertnera pangati Retz.
Pongatium indicum Lam.
Pongatium spongiosum Blanco
Pongatium zeylanicum (Gaertn.) Kuntze
Rapinia herbacea Lour.
Reichelia palustris Blanco
Sphenoclea pongatium A. DC.
Common Name: Gooseweed
Gooseweed is an annual plant with stems that are often much-branched, growing 7 - 150cm tall[
The edible leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption. The leaves are sometimes sold in local markets[
Tropical Africa -Senegal, Sierra Leone, Gambia; Guinea, Mali, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Madagascar.
Any kind of damp ground - river banks and dry river beds; damp marshy or periodically inundated depressions; seasonal swamps; sides of ponds; ditches and stagnant water generally, especially rice fields at low elevations up to 350 metres[
A plant of lowland tropical and subtropical areas, both in regions with all year rainfall and those with a distinct dry season[
Originally native to Africa, the plant has spread widely as a weed through many areas of the tropics and subtropics. Almost every flower on every inflorescence sets fruit; only one or two flowers are open at once on any one head so the seed is produced over a long season[
]. It has become invasive in some areas[
Leaves and young shoot tips - cooked and eaten as a potherb, mixed with grated coconut or served as a side dish with rice[
]. A slightly bitter but pleasant flavour[
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