Cyphia volubilis

October 2, 2018

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Cyphia volubilis, is also known as waterbaroe. These plants are creepers and can climb up to 1m into shrubs. Flowers vary from white to purple and are about 10-25mm wide with dark purple markings at the base of the three upper petals. The slender twining stems rise from a large underground fleshy potato-like tuber. The Baroe was once a widely used food in the Cape. The tubers were said to be peeled and eaten raw or baked or fried. This was considered to be a staple food with a thirst quenching function because of its high water content.

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