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Useful Tropical Plants

Asystasia mysorensis

(Roth) T.Anderson

Acanthaceae


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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Adhatoda rostellaria humilis Nees

Adhatoda rostrata Hochst. ex Oliv.

Asystasia rostrata Solms

Asystasia schimperi T.Anderson

Ruellia mysorensis Roth

Common Name:

Asystasia mysorensis
Plant growing in native habitat in Andhra Pradesh, India
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
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Asystasia mysorensis Asystasia mysorensis Asystasia mysorensis

General Information

Asystasia mysurensis is an annual plant that starts off growing erect but later scrambles on the ground[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].
The leaves are gathered from the wild for local consumption and are sometimes sold in local markets[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Eastern and southern Africa - Ethiopia and Eritrea to Namibia and South Africa.

Habitat

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[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

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[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].
Tolerates a wide range of soils[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. 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[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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