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Places where this species can be found :
- Morne Gazo - GRENADA
- Levera National Park - GRENADA
- Nabogu (Tamale - Bolgatanga road) - NSBPGHANA
- Damongo - Larabanga Road - NSBPGHANA
DescriptionAnnual to 1m; stems hairy; leaves oblanceoltae, to 10cm long, rounded or notched at tip. Infls 30cm long, unbranched, corolla yellow with purple veins inside, dark red ones outside. Pods up to 4.5cm x 1.8cm, hairless.
InterestThe species was introduced probably from Asia to St.Vincent Botanic garden in 1786. By 1800 it had become a pest across the whole island. It is toxic to horses (Flora). The stems can be used for fibre. The kleaves and flowers are used in Grenada to make a cold-cure tea, where healers are said to favour parts of the plant that caterpillars are atrracted (Politi, 1996).. However, the plant is very poisonous and should be avoided by amateur herbalists.
LocationTamale - Bolgatanga Rd. Seasonally burnt and water logged area.
NotesAnnual herb with bright yellow flowers.