Ixora edentula (Sond.) Kuntze
Pavetta disarticulata Galpin
Pavetta edentula is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 5 metres tall. The plant has a thick, corky bark and gives the impression of being a succulent[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Southern Africa - Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa
Often found on rocky hillsides, singly or in bush clumps, rarely on the margin of riverine forest[
A plant of the moist subtropical zone in eastern Africa, just moving into the tropical areas of Mozambique.
Many Pavetta species, including this one, produce leaves with bacterial nodes - these bacteria live in symbiosis with the plant and pass into any seeds that are produced, thus seedlings are already inocculated with the bacteria[
]. It is not certain what function the bacteria play, theories include nitrogen-fixation, growth-regulation and making the leaves poisonous to livestock[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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