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Food and drink biodiversity:

Wild plants harvested as vegetables in southern Africa

Summary

Genera in southern Africa

Alepidea longifolia

Family: Apiaceae

 

 

Allium dregeanum (Wild leek)

Family: Alliaceae

 

 

Amaranthus hybridus (Marog)

Family: Amaranthaceae

 

 

Aponogeton distachyos (Waterblommetjies, Cape pondweed)

Family: Aponogetonaceae

 

 

Asparagus laricinus (Wild asparagus)

Family: Asparagaceae

 

 

Bidens pilosa (Black-jack)

Family: Asteraceae

 

 

Carpanthea pomeridiana (Vetkousie)

Family: Aizoaceae

 

 

Centella asiatica (Pennywort)

Family: Araliaceae

 

 

Chenopodium album (Misbredie, Goosefoot)

Family: Amaranthaceae

 

 

Cleome gynandra (African cabbage)

Family: Capparaceae

 

 

Conicosia pugioniformis (Duikerwortel)

Family: Aizoaceae

 

 

Corchorus tridens (Ligusha)

Family: Malvaceae

 

 

Dolichos lablab (Lablab bean)

Family: Fabaceae

 

 

Gasteria species

Family: Asphodelaceae

 

 

Hoodia currorii (Ghaap)

Family: Apocynaceae

 

 

Kedrostis foetidissima

Family: Cucurbitaceae

 

 

Lepidium schinzii (Lerotho)

Family: Brassicaceae

 

 

Microloma species (Bokhoringkies)

Family: Apocynaceae

 

 

Momordica balsamina (Balsam pear)

Family: Cucurbitaceae

 

 

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea (Blue water lily)

Family: Nymphaeaceae

 

 

Oxalis pes-caprae (Sorrel)

Family: Oxalidaceae

 

 

Oxygonum alatum (Salt of the tortoise)

Family: Polygonaceae

 

 

Pectinaria maughamii (Ghaap)

Family: Apocynaceae

 

 

Pelargonium fulgidum (Rooi malva)

Family: Geraniaceae

 

 

Pentarrhinum insipidum (Leswa)

Family: Apocynaceae

 

 

Peucadenum magalismontanum (Wild carrot)

Family: Apiaceae

 

 

Portulacaria afra (Spekboom)

Family: Portulacaceae

 

 

Quaqua mammilaris (Aroena)

Family: Apocynaceae

 

 

Rumex lanceolatus (Dock)

Family: Polygonaceae

 

 

Salicornia species (Seekoraal)

Family: Amaranthaceae

 

 

Sisymbrium capense (Wild mustard)

Family: Brassicaceae

 

 

Talinum caffrum (Kgalahete)

Family: Portulacaceae

 

 

Tetragonia decumbens (Dune spinach)

Family: Aizoaceae

 

 

Trachyandra falcata (Veldkool)

Family: Asphodelaceae

 

 

Vigna unguiculata (Cowpea)

Family: Fabaceae

 

 

Publications

  • van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's Plants. A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.  

 

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