Current status on production and utilization of spider plant (Cleome gynandra L.) an underutilized leafy vegetable in Kenya


Spider plant exists as semi-cultivated indigenous leafy vegetable with ecological, social and cultural values in most home gardens in Kenya. It plays a significant role in the food and nutrition security of local communities. The tender leaves are usually consumed as a cooked vegetable while the roots, stem and whole leaves are used for medicinal purposes. The importance of spider plant has been discussed in the context of biodiversity conservation and food security because the vegetable is rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals associated with antioxidant, anti-malaria, and anti-microbial properties.

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This work was supported by the University of Nairobi, Deans’ Committee Grant Vote No. 500-655-659.

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Onyango, C.M., Kunyanga, C.N., Ontita, E.G. et al. Current status on production and utilization of spider plant (Cleome gynandra L.) an underutilized leafy vegetable in Kenya. Genet Resour Crop Evol 60, 2183–2189 (2013).

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  • Cleome gynandra
  • Consumption
  • Leafy vegetable
  • Production
  • Under-utilized species