African Plant Database

Basella alba L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 272 (1753)
Information on the genus : Basella
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Basella rubra L.
=Basella cordifolia Lam. (1785)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Succulent twining annual or short-lived perennial herb, 1-10 erect, ramose, 8-9 mm at the base, the branches spreadingerect.
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Ecology : Forest and forest-grassland transition; often in wet places; margins of cultivated land; villages; 0-2600 m alt. Cultivated for food (Ceylon spinach) and purple dye (fruits).
  S. Tomé; tropical Asia; West Indies; probably native to Old World Tropics (Africa?).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa Basellaceae: 2
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 174 (2006).

Bibliography other :
  • Fischer, E., K. Rembold & al. (2010). Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Kakamega Forest, Western Province, Kenya J. E. Africa Nat. Hist. Soc. : 137
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:164 (2012)
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Record n°23819 modified 2007-04-11
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