The name of this species is sometimes mis-spelled Asystasia mysurensis, based on its publication in Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany 9: 524. 1867. However, this name is based on the earlier publication of Ruellia mysorensis in Novae Plantarum Species 303. 1821, and is either a mis-reading or a mis-spelling of that name[
Adhatoda rostellaria humilis Nees
Adhatoda rostrata Hochst. ex Oliv.
Asystasia rostrata Solms
Asystasia schimperi T.Anderson
Ruellia mysorensis Roth
Plant growing in native habitat in Andhra Pradesh, India
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
Asystasia mysurensis is an annual plant that starts off growing erect but later scrambles on the ground[
The leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption and are sometimes sold in local markets[
Eastern and southern Africa - Ethiopia and Eritrea to Namibia and South Africa.
Forest edges and thickets and in secondary regrowth after cultivation or other disturbance of the soil. Often a weed in arable land or along paths. Found at elevations up to 2,200 metres[
A plant of the tropics where it is found at elevations up to 2,200 metres. It grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 1,000 - 2,100mm[
Tolerates a wide range of soils[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. They are collected, boiled alone or mixed with other vegetables such as cowpeas or mnavu (Solanum nigrum). The leaves can also be mixed with tomatoes, onions, coconut milk, pounded oyster nuts (Telfairia pedata) or groundnuts and served with a staple food such as ugali, rice, bananas or potatoes[
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