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Useful Tropical Plants

Limnophila erecta

Benth.

Plantaginaceae

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Common Name:

Limnophila erecta
Drawing of the leaves and flowers (Fig 1 - 2 only)
Photograph by: Flora of China Illustrations vol. 18, fig. 46, 1-2
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General Information

Limnophila erecta is an erect, much-branched, annual plant growing 10 - 30cm tall[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Despite its reported extirpation from Bangladesh, the species has a very wide distribution through much of southeast Asia, it is also capable of exploiting anthropogenic habitats and may be becoming a herbicide-resistant weed of rice fields. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora of China
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http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
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Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
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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 - southern China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

An aquatic or semi-aquatic herb occurring in shallow ponds, marshes, along riversides or forest paths, at elevations up to 1,000 metres. Sometimes also found as a weed of rice fields[
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is a common weed of rice fields, and may be becoming resistant to herbicides[
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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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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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Medicinal

The leaves are appetizer, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge and galactagogue[
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]. A decoction is given in the treatment of fevers, to promote the appetite, and to clear mucus from the bronchial tubes[
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The sap of the leaves is used to clean wounds and sores on the legs[
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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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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-07-23. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Limnophila+erecta>

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