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Useful Tropical Plants

Limnophila indica

(L.) Druce

Plantaginaceae

+ Synonyms

Hottonia indica L.

Limnophila gratioloides R.Br.

Common Name:

Limnophila indica
Flowering stem
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Limnophila indica Limnophila indica

General Information

Limnophila indica is an amphibious, perennial plant. It can vary from a slender, gregarious plant about 5cm tall when growing on the mud of river banks and rice fields, to a long, much-branched, submerged herb with up to 15cm of stem emerging from the water, when growing in the deeper water of pools[
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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.
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Title
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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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
This species has a broad distribution, from Sri Lanka and Pakistan east to Japan and south to Australasia, it is able to exploit anthropogenic habitats such as rice fields, occurring as an alien in Africa and North America. It is unlikely to be threatened with extinction in the short term. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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0
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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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

Widespread through tropical Africa and Asia to Papua New Guinea, northern Australia and Micronesia.

Habitat

An aquatic or semi-aquatic herb occurring in marshes, pools, along riversides or forest paths, at elevations from sea level to 1,200 metres. Sometimes also found as a weed of rice fields[
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.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.25 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is listed as a noxious weed in N. America.
The smell of the plant is agreeable and resembles that of turpentine, or a mixture of cinnamon and cloves or cinnamon and citrus[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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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.
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Edible Uses

The plant is eaten raw or cooked. It can be used as a condiment or sidedish, or can be steamed as a vegetable[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Medicinal

The plant is antiseptic, febrifuge[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhoea and dyspepsia[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The juice of the plant, combined with cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) and other aromatic plants, is used in the treatment of dysentery[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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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 juice of the plant is rubbed on the body as a remedy for strong fevers[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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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.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings. The stems often form basal roots, and these can be used as propagation material[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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