For ID please: Tree Spinach?

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Devi Nair

Feb 17, 2010, 7:51:51 AM2/17/10
This photo is of an edible plant which I took in Wayanad. It's locally known as "cabbage leaf".
I saw a similar picture here where it's called Chenopodium Giganteum.
Any local names known?


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Gurcharan Singh

Feb 17, 2010, 9:12:37 AM2/17/10
to Devi Nair,
Devi ji
These leaves are characteristic of genus Brassica and not Chenopodium. The leaves of Chenopodium giganteum characteristically have rounded petioles and powdery bloom on the surface of leaves. Here petioles are flattened  and leaves though glacous without a powdery bloom. The plant seems to be Brassica oleracea var. viridis L. (syn: B. acephala DC.), commonly known as Kale, collards or tree kale.

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Devi Nair

Feb 18, 2010, 7:44:42 AM2/18/10
to Gurcharan Singh,
Thank you, Gurucharan'ji. Where can I get some more details on this plant? I have been searching on the web too.
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