Crassocephalum rubens (Juss. ex Jacq.) [family ASTERACEAE ] (stored under name); Crassocephalum cernuum Hiern [family ASTERACEAE ]. Crassocephalum rubens (Juss.) S. Moore [family COMPOSITAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa . Crassocephalum rubens (Jussieu ex Jacquin) S. Moore, J. Bot. 蓝 花野茼蒿 lan hua ye tong hao. Senecio rubens Jussieu ex Jacquin, Hort. Vindob .

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The Senecioneae in east tropical Africa. Citation in web searches. Variation in taste in Malawi means that some types are crsssocephalum eaten, others only in times of shortage. In tropical Africa Crassocephalum comprises about 24 species, many of which have medicinal uses. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands. An overview of the cultivated species. Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.

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Inflorescence a head, up to 18 heads arranged in a terminal corymb. Selection for desirable characteristics seems possible.

Crassocephalum rubens is used medicinally as a stomachic and to treat liver complaints crassocephaluj colds, and externally to treat burns, sore eyes filariaearache, leprosy and breast cancer. Flowers bisexual, equal; corolla tubular, 8—10 mm long, violet, mauve or purple. In Uganda it prefers sandy loams and is found up to m in areas with an annual rainfall of — mm.


Crassocephalum rubens – Useful Tropical Plants

This variation is not yet fully understood. Crassocephalum rubens is found throughout tropical Africa including the Indian Ocean islands, where it is probably introduced; it is also reported from Lesotho, South Africa and Yemen. Flore de Madagascar et des Comores plantes vasculairesfamilletome 3. Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Crassocephlum.

The useful plants of West Tropical Africa. Showing 0 of 0 comments. Useful plants of Nyasaland. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands.

In Malawi the leaves and young shoots are cooked with groundnuts and tomatoes added. There are citation in carssocephalum searches related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss.

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In East Africa it is used as an antidote against any form of poisoning. Citation in scholarly articles. Propagation is by stem cuttings 20—25 cm long, obtained from mature shoots. The leaves of Crassocephalum rubens are commonly rubdns in south-western Nigeria, less so in other humid zones of West and Central Africa.


Removal of the flowering shoots encourages leaf production. It is grown in well-drained soils with a high organic matter content. Like garlic, the whole plant is said to repel crocodiles. Research on the use as a vegetable would benefit from a better understanding of the variation within the species.

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Flora of West Tropical Africa. There are book citations related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss.

The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland. Kew Bulletin 41 4: Fresh leaves contain per g edible portion: Wild food plants and mushrooms of Uganda. Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Volume 1, Families A—D. It requires support and shade and is often grown among cocoa trees. Technical Handbook No