Trianthema portulcastrum – Famine Foods

Trianthema portulcastrum


The Birifor people use the leaves to amake a sauce. The plant is reported toxic causing diarrhea and paralysis. India (Rajasthan, western): leaves boiled and eaten as vegetable. Nigeria (Kano State, northern): leaves eaten.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
Rajasthan: Safed, Sata. (Schultes & von Reis give Santo). Burkina Faso (Birifor): Nabenemgbaa; (Hausa): Gadon machiji. The Hausa terms Dankalin yara and Rogon yara (“Children’s sweet potato and cassava” are also used), indicating that the plants are occasionally eaten or chewed in the field.

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