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Useful Tropical Plants

Cistanche phelypaea

(L.) Cout.

Orobanchaceae

+ Synonyms

Cistanche brunneri (Webb) Beck

Cistanche hesperugo (Webb) Beck

Cistanche lutea (Desf.) Hoffmanns. & Link

Cistanche phelypaea lutea (Desf.) Fern.Casas & Lainz

Cistanche senegalensis (Reut.) Beck

Cistanche tinctoria (Forssk.) Beck

Lathraea phelypaea L.

Orobanche tinctoria Forssk.

Phelipaea lutea Desf.

Phelipaea senegalensis Reut.

Phelypaea brunneri Webb

Phelypaea lutea Desf.

Phelypaea tinctoria Willd.

Common Name:

Cistanche phelypaea
Flowering stems
Photograph by: ziegler175
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General Information

Cistanche phelypaea is a chlorophyll-free, obligate parasitic plant with stout fleshy flowering stems bearing bright yellow flowers and rising to 30 cm tall from a swollen base[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The plant is gathered from the wild and used locally as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

N. Africa - Cape Verde Is., Mauritania to Niger, north along the coast to S. Spain, Egypt, Arabia.

Habitat

Found in dry sandy coastal and inland sites[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the drier, lowland tropics to warm temperate zones.

Edible Uses

The plants are eaten like asparagus[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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