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Useful Tropical Plants

Leucas lavandulifolia

Sm.

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Hetrepta lavandulifolia (Sm.) Raf.

Leonurus indicus L.

Leonurus malebaricus J.Koenig ex Rottb.

Leucas brownie Briq.

Leucas indica (L.) Vatke

Leucas linifolia (Roth) Spreng.

Leucas malabarica W.Theob.

Phlomis linifolia Roth

Common Name:

Leucas lavandulifolia
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Fagg M; Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Leucas lavandulifolia is an erect, annual plant with much-branched stems 30 - 80cm tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens for use in local medicine and as a pot herb[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea.

Habitat

A weed of open waste places, coconut and other plantations, roadsides, grassland and arable land, fallow land, paddy dams, locally often numerous; at elevations from sea-level to 1,500 metres[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.55 m
PollinatorsBees, Moths, Flies

Cultivation Details



The plant is becoming a serious weed in sugarcane fields in Malesia[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
], and is an occasional weed of cultivated areas, in dryland ricefields, and along roadsides in Fiji[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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0
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Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].
The whole plant has a foetid smell[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Edible Uses

The plant (presumably the leaves[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]) is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Medicinal

The plant is diaphoretic, stimulant[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. It is used to heal chronic leg sores, dermatosis, as an anthelminthic for roundworms, and for appeasing affections of the nerves[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The juice of the plant is used in the treatment of malarial fever[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
].
The leaves are used as a poultice to treat itch, headaches and vertigo[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. A poultice is especially applied in veterinary medicine in order to cleanse stinking wounds from fly larvae[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
The plant is used as a gargle to remove mucus. A decoction of the leaves is considered a good stomachic, and is applied, internally and externally, to treat colic of children[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

In general, the crushed leaves of Leucas species are applied to wounds, sores, especially those of the eyes and nose, chronic skin diseases, such as psoriasis and scabies. The crushed leaves are also used to treat mild fevers, colds, rheumatism and snake bites, and as a decoction against roundworm, mainly for children[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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