This name is not universally accepted, with some treatments preferring to call the plant Hewittia scandens or Hewittia subulata (both treated here as synonyms)[
Bonamia volkensii Dammer
Convolvulus bicolor Vahl
Convolvulus malabaricus L.
Convolvulus scandens J.König ex Milne
Convolvulus sublobatus L.f.
Eremosperma puccionianum Chiov.
Hewittia asarifolia Klotzsch
Hewittia barbeyana Chodat & Roulet
Hewittia bicolor Wight & Arn.
Hewittia hirta Klotzsch
Hewittia puccioniana (Chiov.) Verdc.
Hewittia scandens (J.König ex Milne) Mabb.
Hewittia sublobata (L.f.) Kuntze
Ipomoea benguellensis Baker
Ipomoea phyllosepala Baker
Ipomoea teretistigma Choisy
Shutereia bicolor Choisy
Shutereia sublobata (L.f.) House
Hewittia malabarica is a herbaceous perennial plant with slender stems up to 3 metres long. These stems climb into the surrounding vegetation, or scramble over the ground where they occasional form new roots at the nodes[
A locally popular minor vegetable, which is often available when other vegetables are scarce, it is harvested from the wild for its leaves and also for medicinal use and its fibre. It is occasionally grown as an ornamental and as a ground cover in plantations[
Throughout tropical Africa and tropical Asia, extending to the Pacific Islands.
Grasslands, woodlands, thickets and at forest edges, at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
In Tanzania, the plant grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 1,100 - 2,100mm[
]. It grows in areas with a pronounced dry season and also those with almost no dry season[
Succeeds in a range of soil types, growing best in deep sandy loams with permanent moisture[
The plant is considered to be a bad weed of farms within its native area[
Leaves - cooked[
]. They are chopped, boiled, the water drained and then the vegetable mixed with pounded groundnuts or coconut milk and eaten with ugali or rice[
]. Alternatively, it is cooked with other vegetables such as Amaranthus or Bidens, coconut milk or groundnut paste is added and the whole is served with a staple such as rice[
The leaves are rubbed into sores[
A root decoction is drunk to rid the body of Oxyuris threadworms[
The plant is sometimes grown as a cover plant in plantations of ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata)[
The fibre from the inner bark is used for making ropes[
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