Achimenes sesamoides Vahl
Artanema cabrae De Wild. & T.Durand
Artanema longiflorum Wettst.
Artanema sesamoides (Vahl) Benth.
Columnea longifolia L.
Artanema longifolium is an erect, often branched, herbaceous perennial plant with hollow, slightly fleshy stems, growing up to 1 metre tall[
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The plant has decorative, deep red-purple flowers and seems to have potential as an attractive garden ornamental[
Tropical Africa, through tropical Asia to Papua New Guinea.
Forest and scrub in water and wet places[
]. Forest and scrub vegetation, in humid and swampy localities; and is common along rice fields and watercourses, and in soggy grassland, at elevations up to 400 metres[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
An aqueous extract of the plant is a component of Ayurvedic medicines used against inflammations of the skeleto-muscular system. It is also used against nausea[
A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of rheumatism, diarrhoea, syphilis and ophthalmia[
The seeds are used as a cure for biliousness, to improve vitality and favour conception[
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