Maerua crassifolia Forssk., Fl. aegypt.-arab. 113. 1775, nom. cons. (Syn: Maerua hirtella Chiov.; Maerua uniflora Vahl);
Foliage from this plant is used as fodder for animals, especially camels, during the dry season in parts of Africa.
The plant grows commonly in Yemen, where it is called Meru. In the 18th century the plant’s Arabic name Meru was used as the source for the genus name Maerua. The 18th-century taxonomist was Peter Forskal, who visited Yemen in the 1760s.
It is used as a common nutrition source in central Africa, where it is called jiga and made into soups and other dishes. Maerua crassifolia was considered sacred to the ancient Egyptians.
(From Wikipedia on 15.9.13)
Capparaceae and Cleomaceae Fortnight : Maerua crassifolia : Oman : 050913 : AK-16 : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Sharing pictures of Maerua crassifolia, from the family Capparaceae, from Oman.
Have yet to see the flowers which are tiny white.