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Malabar Spinach is native to tropical Asia, probably originating in India or Indonesia. Today, it is grown widely in the tropics as a perennial and in warmer temperate regions as an annual. Malabar Spinach plants are green (Basella alba) or purplish (Basella rubra) vines with thick, fleshy leaves exhibiting one of two leaf forms: closely spaced oval to rounded leaves; or, more widely spaced heart-shaped leaves.  Most authors agree, however, that the two color forms of Malabar Spinach are not separate species. Perhaps both would best be treated as forms of Basella rubra.

  1. Zepina malaba se yon lyann ki grenpe sou lot plant. Nan rejyon twopikal yo li perèn, men nan rejyon cho tanpere yo, li anyel. Bel fey vet fonse oubyen rouj ak tij blan li yo pare pou manje 57 jou apre plantasyon.
  2. Malabar spinach (Basella spp.), also known as Ceylon spinach and Indian spinach, is a climbing perennial plant. The vine is succulent with tender leaves. Malabar spinach grows well in hot, humid climates and is adaptable to most soils. Trellised plants work best from the point of view of flower...
  3. Abstract,Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, 2014 Basella alba L. is an important green leafy vegetables found commonly in the tropical regions of the world. The plant is used as a substitute for true spinach (i. e. Spinacea oleracea L.) and also has great ethnomedicinal importance....
  4. Abstract, Journal of Horticulture, 2018 This review introduces the taxonomic specifications, botanical properties, ecological demands and information about cultivation, some pharmacognosy and some biochemical contents of Malabar spinach. Malabar spinach (Basella alba L., Synonym: Basella rubra...

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