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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Technical Handbook No In Uganda it prefers sandy loams and is found up to m in areas with an annual rainfall of — mm. Inflorescence a head, up to 18 heads arranged in a terminal corymb.

Wild crazsocephalum plants and mushrooms of Uganda. As Crassocephalum rubens is widespread in the tropics it is not threatened with extinction. Cultivation of Crassocephalum rubens is restricted to south-western Nigeria.

Flore de Madagascar et des Comores plantes vasculairesfamilletome 3. In Uganda the leaves are dried, chopped and cooked with peas or beans. Until recently Crassocephalum rubens and Crassocephalum sarcobasis were considered distinct species with considerable variation within each species.

Research on frassocephalum use as a vegetable would benefit from a better understanding of the variation within the species. Crassocephalum rubens is used medicinally as a stomachic and to treat liver complaints and colds, and externally to treat burns, sore eyes filariaearache, leprosy and breast cancer.


A diagnostic survey of farm resources and farm produce of the peasant farmers of the south-western Nigeria. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands. Although widely considered a weed, it can be easily controlled, and promoting its cultivation as a vegetable or medicinal plant is not likely to aggravate the weed problems.

Crassocephalum rubens Crassocephalum rubens Jacq. Medicinal plants of East Africa. Variation has resulted in the distinction of 2 types in northern Sierra Leone. They are mucilaginous and used for soups and sauces. Selection for desirable characteristics seems possible. Showing 0 of 0 comments. The Senecioneae in east tropical Africa. An overview of the cultivated species. Propagation is by stem cuttings 20—25 cm long, obtained from mature shoots.

It requires support and shade and is often grown among cocoa trees. This variation is not yet fully understood.

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. Crassocephalum rubens is found throughout tropical Africa including the Indian Ocean islands, where it is probably introduced; it is crassoxephalum reported from Lesotho, South Africa and Yemen.

Removal of the flowering shoots encourages leaf production. Like garlic, the whole plant is said to repel crocodiles.


It is grown in well-drained soils with a high organic matter content. In Malawi the rubena and young shoots are cooked with groundnuts and tomatoes added. Food composition table for use in Africa. Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crassocephalum rubens var. rubens

There are 13 citations in Afrirefs related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss. However locally, for example in Cameroon, it has virtually disappeared through over-exploitation, and cultivation in Nigeria appears to be a response to decreased availability from the wild. Fruit a ribbed achene, up to 2. Variation in taste in Malawi means that some types are regularly eaten, others only in times of shortage.

Traces of alkaloids have been recorded in stems and leaves and an abundance of tannins in the roots. Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. There are citation in web searches related to Crassocephalum rubens Juss. Crassocephalum rubens Crassocephalum crepidioides x – 25k – jpg en. In tropical Africa Crassocephalum comprises about 24 species, many of which have medicinal uses.

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