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A rampant tropical vine to 30 feet native to Africa and southeast Asia. LEAVES are broadly ovate to 4½ inches long, acute to slightly obtuse, cordate, green or purplish. FLOWERS are white. FRUIT is glossy black.
CONTAINS: Based on Zero Moisture per 100 grams = 17% protein, 18 to 21% ash, 1500 to 4900 mg calcium, 50 mg beta-carotene equivalent, .60 mg thiamine, 1.50 mg riboflavin, 7 mg niacin, 1000 to 1400 mg vitamin C.
|PART USED||LEAF, FLOWERS|
|CULTIVATED VARIETY||B.a. 'Rubra': Has red stems, petioles, and flowers. Was used as a dye for official Chinese seals and to make rouge.|