Cacalia bulbosa Lour.
Gynura bodinieri H.Lév.
Gynura bulbosa (Lour.) Hook. & Arn.
Gynura eximia S.Moore
Gynura miniata Welw.
Gynura rusisiensis R.E.Fr.
Gynura somalensis (Chiov.) Cufod.
Gynura variifolia De Wild.
Senecio bulbosus Hook. & Arn.
Senecio crassipes H.Lév. & Vaniot
Senecio miniatus (Welw.) Staner
Senecio pseudochina L.
Senecio somalensis Chiov.
Gynura pseudochina is a semi-succulent, perennial herbaceous plant producing stems up to 130cm tall from hard, woody tubers[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine - it is commonly cultivated for food and medicine in E Nigeria[
E. Asia - southern China, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand. Tropical west Africa - Guinea to N. Nigeria, Cameroon.
Sandy places on slopes, forest margins, roadsides; at elevations from 200 - 2,100 metres in China[
]. Rocky hill savannah in Africa[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Leaves - cooked and used in soups and sauces[
]. A mucilaginous texture[
].. Protein and mineral content of the leaves is good, though oxalic acid may be relatively abundant[
The plant is febrifuge, haemostatic and vulnerary[
The fresh leaves are used for their demulcent property[
]. The leaves are used to reduce skin irritation caused by insect stings, pimples and bruises, and to cure scabies and erysipelas[
The fresh sap is instilled into the eyes to treat soreness[
The plant (part not specified) is used to regulate menses, to treat breast tumours, herpes infections and sore throats[
The plant has a strong smell of musk, and it is said to have the same property as garlic in protecting against crocodiles[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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