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Item Description Austin, Daniel F. en_US 2007-06-30T01:49:11Z 2007-06-30T01:49:11Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Austin DF. 2007. Water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica, Convolvulaceae): a food gone wild. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 5:123-146. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.description.abstract Water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) has been considered native to Africa, Asia, and the southwestern Pacific Islands. The herbs have been a medicinal vegetable in southern Asia since at least A.D. 300, and perhaps since 200 B.C. People still gather plants from the wild and cultivate them. With European arrival in these regions in the late 1400s, they became aware of this medicinal food and began carrying water spinach around the world. As with other transported plants, Europeans took along some common names and cultural uses. With the later migration of people from Asian countries to other parts of the world, the food was imported into new areas. Doubt persists as to where the species was domesticated. Data from uses as food, regions of cultivation, medicinal use, phylogenetic studies, common names, and pathogens suggest that water spinach was first cultivated in southeastern Asia. The plants may have been domesticated in China and India, but the data are equivocal. The vegetable sometimes escapes from cultivation to become an ecologically invasive weed. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject ethnobotany en_US
dc.subject Ipomoea aquatica en_US
dc.subject Convolvulaceae en_US
dc.subject noxious weeds en_US
dc.subject aquatic plants en_US
dc.subject invasive species en_US
dc.subject aquatic weeds en_US
dc.subject wetland plants en_US
dc.subject food crops en_US
dc.subject herbs en_US
dc.subject medicinal plants en_US
dc.subject functional foods en_US
dc.subject wild plants en_US
dc.subject introduced plants en_US
dc.subject phylogeny en_US
dc.subject plant pathogens en_US
dc.subject folk taxonomy en_US
dc.subject forage en_US
dc.subject phytogeography en_US
dc.subject South East Asia en_US
dc.subject medicinal properties en_US
dc.subject insect pests en_US
dc.title Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica, Convolvulaceae): A Food Gone Wild en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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