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Botanical family: Basellaceae

Number of plants found: 2    

Basella alba, Ceylon Spinach, Malabar Spinach. Basella alba var. rubra
Basella alba var. rubra

Basella alba

Ceylon Spinach, Malabar Spinach
Family: Basellaceae
Origin: Africa, South East Asia
Vine or creeper plantSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantEthnomedical plant.
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Very pretty and unusual plant for decorating pergolas and hanging baskets and for eating in salads and other healthy ways. Thrives in hot weather. The Malabar Spinach is a common vegetable in tropical Africa and southeast Asia, where it originated. Only the young leaves are eaten. To prepare, boil and discard water. Young leaves can be added to a green salad. The whole plant is used as a mind sedative. Propagation: Seeds.

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Ullucus tuberosus, Ulluco, Melluco, Papa Lisa

Ullucus tuberosus

Ulluco, Melluco, Papa Lisa
Family: Basellaceae
Origin: South America, Andes
Vine or creeper plantSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterEdible plant

Tuberous perennial.

The leaves are crunchy and tasty, and may be eaten fresh or steaed, in much the same way as one would use spinach. The colorful tubers are best boiled or stir-fried.

Ullucus tuberosus, Ulluco, Melluco, Papa Lisa

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