Portulaca caffra Thunb.
Talinum esculentum Dinter & G.Schellenb.
Talinum caffrum is a somewhat succulent, perennial plant producing annual, decumbent or prostrate, much-branched stems up to 40cm tall from a deeply buried tuber[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in specialist collections of caudiciforme plants[
Africa - drier areas in Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Rocky places in open woodland or grassland; at elevations from 100 - 2,050 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil, but likes plenty of moisture during the growing season[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Crisp and juicy, they are also eaten to rellieve thirst[
]. The leaves are often pounded and mixed with other leaves and corms[
]. The stems are considered to be unpalatable and are not eaten[
Caudex - eaten with relish and salt[
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