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Solanecio biafrae: An Underutilized Nutraceutically‑Important African Indigenous Vegetable

Bello, Oluwakemi A. and Ayanda, Opeyemi Isaac and Aworunse, Oluwadurotimi S. and Olukanmi, B.I and Soladoye, Michael Olasunkanmi and Esan, E. B. and Obembe, Olawole O. (2018) Solanecio biafrae: An Underutilized Nutraceutically‑Important African Indigenous Vegetable. Pharmacogn. Rev., 12 (23). pp. 128-132. ISSN 0973-7847

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Solanecio biafrae (Olive and Hierne) C. Jeffrey (1986) (Family: Asteraceae), has synonyms Senecio biafrae Olive and Hierne (1877) and Crassocephalum biafrae (Olive and Hierne) S. Moore (1912). It is a perennial standent, underutilized African indigenous medicinal vegetable. It was first reported and published in Flora of Tropical Africa. Its common names varied from Gnanvule in Cote d’Ivoire to Worowo/bologi in Nigeria. It has alternate, simple, succulent, petiolated, and exauriculate leaves. Its propagation is vegetative by rooting of cuttings. However, there is no report on its propagation by seed. It is ubiquitous in cocoa plots in Nigeria, especially southwest; due to deliberate protection for economic revenue, but this has little‑uncoordinated cultivation indication. These deliberately protected few are exposed to contamination by a chemical used for protecting cocoa plants. It is highly nutritive and rich in protein. It is also medicinally important as a galactagogue and for treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, and infertility. It has biological activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. It also has traditional and cultural claims for initiation and rituals. Personal interviews and search of the available literature on S. biafrae in electronic peer‑reviewed English journals using scientific databases such as Google Scholar, Science Direct, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science was employed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: African indigenous vegetable, galactagogue and infertility, Solanecio biafrae, worowo
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 16 May 2018 09:16

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