Basella alba L.

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Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

Basella alba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umunthu Camp, Mzuzu

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Synonyms: Basella cordifolia Lam.
Basella rubra L.
Common names: Malabar spinach (English)
Description: Perennial with fleshy twining stems up to 8 m long, sometimes reddish. Leaves ovate to circular, 2.5–15 cm long, usually cordate at base; margin entire; petioles 0.5–9 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, usually unbranched spikes, 1.5–22 cm long on long peduncles. Flowers 2.5–6 mm long, white, pink or mauvish. Perianth somewhat fleshy, tubular with short lobes remaining closed. Stamens inserted near apex of tube. Fruit subglobose, 4–5 mm wide, black.
Notes: Cultivated as a spinach and for a purple dye extracted from the fruit.
Derivation of specific name: alba: white
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Worldwide distribution: Probably native in tropical Asia and perhaps Africa but now pantropical. Widely cultivated and naturalised.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 25 June 2019
Literature:

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 35.

Stannard, B.L. (1988). Basellaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 161 - 163. (Includes a picture).

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1989). The European Garden Flora. Vol. III. Dicotyledons (Part I). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Pages 176 - 177.

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Flora of Malawi: Basella alba
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Basella alba
Flora of Mozambique: Basella alba
Flora of Zambia: Basella alba
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Basella alba

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Basella alba
African Plant Database: Basella alba
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Basella alba
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Basella alba
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Basella alba
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Basella alba
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Basella alba
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Basella alba
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Basella alba
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Basella alba
JSTOR Plant Science: Basella alba
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Basella alba
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Basella alba
The Plant List (version 1.1): Basella alba
Tropicos: Basella alba


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Basella alba.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=171290, retrieved 22 July 2019

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