Cayratia debilis

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Cayratia debilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Vitales
Family: Vitaceae
Genus: Cayratia
Species: C. debilis
Binomial name
Cayratia debilis
(Baker) Suess.
  • Vitis debilis Baker

Cayratia debilis is a species of plant native to equatorial Africa. It has herbaceous or slightly woody vines, with 5-foliate leaves and greenish-white or yellow flowers. Its stem, leaves and sap are used in herbal medicine in various African countries, and the leaves are eaten as a vegetable on the island of Bioko. Its fruits are inedible, although are fed to poultry in the Central African Republic to protect from influenza and coccidiosis.


  • G. J. H. Grubben, O. A. Denton. Vegetables. Backhuys Publishers. p. 166. 

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