Uses Of Talinum Fruticosum

Uses Of Talinum Fruticosum

                   Talinum fruticosum

Talinum fruticosum ( common local name ನೆಲಬಸಳೆ - "Nela basale" in Kannada ) is an herbaceous perennial plant that is native to Mexico,the
Caribbean,West Africa,Central American and much of South American.Common names include Ceylon spinach,waterleaf,cariru,Gbure,
Surinam purslane,Philippine spinach,
Florida spinach,potherb fameflower,
Lagos bologi,and sweetheart.It is widely grown in tropical regions as a
leaf vegetable.


The plant grows erect, reaching a height of 30 to 100 cm (12 to 39 in). It bears small, pink flowers and broad, fleshy leaves.

Uses Of Talinum Fruticosum

(1)As a leaf vegetable,Talinum fruticosum is rich in vitamins,including vitamins A and C, and minerals such as iron and calcium.

(2)It is high in oxalic acid,consumption should be avoided or limited by those suffering from kidney disorders,gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.

(3)It is cultivated in West Africa,
South Asia,Southeast Asia,and the warmer parts of North and South America.Along with Celosia species, Talinum fruticosum is one of the most import leaf vegetables of Nigeria.

(4)In Brazil it is grown along the banks of the Amazon River,and is consumed mainly in the states of Pará and Amazonas .

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