Asystasia mysorensis is a plant in the Acanthaceae family that is widely distributed in Kenya and elsewhere in East Africa.
Cultivation in Kenya
In Kenya A. mysorensis is very common in Nyanza and Western Provinces as well as Nairobi. It grows from 500 to 1900 m above sea level but is most common between 1200 and 1700 m above sea level. It is very common in disturbed areas, on roadsides, towns, and grasslands and it is found as a weed in gardens, especially on sandy and light clay soils. Farmers do not plant it, it just comes up when it rains and is harvested as a wild food.
- "Uses: Food: Cooked and eaten as a vegetable (Luhya, Luo, Teso, Kikuyu, Mbeere, Giriama, Digo, Pokot). Normally cooked with leaves of cowpeas or spider herb Cleome gynandra (Luo). Said to be good for digestion in Siaya District."
Resources and articles
Related Sourcewatch articles
- Patrick M. Maundu, Grace W. Ngugi, and Christine H.S. Kabuye, Traditional Food Plants of Kenya, Kenya Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, 1999, p. 67.