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There are five varieties of
(Forsskal 1873) recorded in Fiji excluding Rotuma. It is widely used as salad
in the Pacific Island countries. This study will identify different forms within the variety of
sold in Fiji.
Identifying different forms can acts a natural tag to its quality. There is prospect of
export market in Fiji linking to
the Japanese market. Hence, it is important to identify the different forms of
sold in Fiji. Samples were purchased
from Suva and Nausori market for a period of four weeks. Varieties of
were identified in each sample. Distinctive
morphological features were identified, illustrated and described within the variety.
is the only
variety identified. There were only five distinctive morphological forms discovered based on the external features in this variety.
These forms were harvested from different locations suggesting that different habitat/environmental conditions influence the
different growth forms. In conclusion,
is highly morphologically plastic species influenced by environmental factors
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