Aizoon perfoliatum L.f.
Tetragonia obovata Haw.
Tetragonia perfoliata (L.f.) Druce
Tetragonia tetrapteris Haw.
Tetragonia zeyheri Fenzl
Tetragonia decumbens is a low-growing, spreading, evergreen, succulent, perennial plant. The stems run horizontally, rooting at intervals and ascending up to 50cm tall. The branches often become woody at their base.
The edible leaves are sometimes harvested from the wild for local consumption. The plant is a valuable binder of sandy soils.
Southern Africa - southern Namibia, S. Africa.
Coastal sand dunes[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained, preferably sandy soil[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Used as a substitute for spinach[
]. A slightly salty flavour raw, the cooked leaves have a rather bland flavour and so are often combined with a few acid-tasting leaves, such as Oxalis pes-caprae[
]. New growth, mainly produced during the rainy season, is best[
]. The leaves need to be thoroughly washed in order to get rid of the clinging sand[
An early colonizer of moist sand dunes, it is an extremely valuable plant for stabilizing moving sand. It acts as a seed-trap and also provides organic matter that enables other species to grow on the dunes. The accumulation of plant matter such as that of Tetragonia decumbens, and the subsequent establishment of other plants, enable dunes to develop from fore-dunes to rear dunes that are stabilized by increasing plant growth[
Division of the running stems, making sure each section has some roots[
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