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Useful Tropical Plants

Leucas zeylanica

(L.) W.T.Aiton

Lamiaceae

+ Synonyms

Leonurus marrubiastrum Burm.f.

Leonurus parviflorus Moench

Leucas bancana Miq.

Leucas indica (L.) Sm.

Leucas indica nagalapuramiana (Chandrab. & S.R.Sriniv.) N.Rama Rao

Leucas lavandulifolia nagalapuramiana Chandrab. & S.R.Sriniv.

Leucas malayana Hance

Leucas walkeri Benth.

Leucasia zeylanica (L.) Raf..

Phlomis gracilis (L.) Salisb.

Phlomis indica L.

Phlomis octodentata Stokes

Phlomis zeylanica L.

Spermacoce denticulata Walp.

Common Name:

Leucas zeylanica

General Information

Leucas zeylanica is an erect, annual plant with branched stems 20 - 60cm tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE 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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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, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea

Habitat

A weed of sunny dry localities, often on sandy soils, paddy dams, waste places, sea shores, roadsides; at elevations from the lowland up to 1,000 metres[
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.
,
310
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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.40 m
PollinatorsBees, Moths, Flies
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves and young plant - cooked and eaten as a pot herb[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. This, despite the plant having a disagreeable smell and the leaves a bitter flavour[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
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
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Medicinal

The leaves ae anthelmintic, diaphoretic, sedative, stimulant and vulnerary[
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They are applied topically to heal wounds[
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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.
]. 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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Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The entire plant is rubbed on the abdomen after childbirth[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The sap of the leaves is used for sores of eyes and nostrils. A poultice for scabies, itches, head-aches, vertigo, and colic. Also used as a vermifuge with children[
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
].

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[
310
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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