The scientific name is Vernonia amygdalina, a member of the daisy family and is a small shrub that grows in tropical Africa. It is Otherwise known locally as Ewuro (Yoruba) / Onugbu (Ibo)
The cooked leaves are a staple vegetable in soups and stews of various cultures throughout equatorial Africa. For numerous African ethnic groups, a concoction of this plant is also a prescribed treatment for malarial fever, schistosomiasis, amoebic dysentery, and several other intestinal parasites and stomach aches.
In Nigeria, twigs and sticks from this plant may be used as a chewing stick for dental hygiene. In Uganda the stems are used for soap and In Ghana, the young leaves have been known to be be potent anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory activity; and have been proven using animal models