Common Name: Saw-Tooth Candyleaf
Saw-tooth candyleaf is a perennial plant producing stems 40 - 100cm tall from a rhizomatous rootstock[
The sweet-flavoured leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico; southwest N. America - New Mexico, Texas, Arizona.
Roadsides, disturbed sites, oak-grasslands, oak-pine grasslands, and oak, mixed conifer-oak, mixed pine, ponderosa pine-Douglas fir, pine-fir-aspen, spruce-Douglas fir, and fir-hemlock woodlands; at elevations from 1,700 - 2,700 metres[
A plant of warm temperate to tropical areas.
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
The leaves have a sweet flavour and can be used as a sweetener[
]. They are used as a catalyst in the fermentation process of 'tesguino', a slurry-like alcoholic beverage made from germinated corn seed (Zea mays) or corn stalk juice[
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