African Plant Database


Basella alba L.
Family : BASELLACEAE
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 1: 272 (1753)
Information on the genus : Basella
 
 
Status
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

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
 
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Map
carte afrique num 23819
 
Record n°23819 modified 2007-04-11
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