Common name: Puishak(Beng.); Indian spinach(Eng.).
Basella alba is a perennial vine found in the tropics where it is widely used as a leaf vegetable. It grows well under full sunlight in hot, humid climates and in areas lower than 500 m above sea level. Growth is slow in low temperatures resulting in low yields. Flowering is induced during the short-day months of November to February. Basella alba grows best in sandy loam soils rich in organic matter with pH ranging from 5.5 to 8.0.