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Malabar Nightshade

Basella alba


Basella alba is a fast-growing, soft-stemmed vine, reaching 10 metres in length. Its thick, semi-succulent, heart-shaped leaves have a mild flavour and mucilaginous texture. The stem of the cultivar Basella alba 'Rubra' is reddish-purple.


Basella alba grows well under full sunlight in hot, humid climates and in areas lower than 500 metres (1,600 ft) above sea level. The plant is native to tropical Asia.


Basella rubra L.; Basella oleracea Landw.; Basella lucida L.; Basella japonica Burm.f.; Basella cordifolia Lam.; Basella nigra Lour.; Basella crassifolia Salisb.; Basella volubilis Salisb.; Basella ramosa J.Jacq. ex Spreng.; Basella cananifolia Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.; Gandola nigra (Lour.) Raf.

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 21, 2015
Submitted on Jun 21, 2015

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