Cyphia volubilis

October 2, 2018


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.