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Useful Tropical Plants

Lindernia crustacea

(L.) F.Muell.

Linderniaceae


A recent study in the family Linderniaceae - Fischer E.; Schäferhoff B. & Müller K.: The Phylogeny of Linderniaceae - The New Genus Linderniella, and new combinations within Bonnaya, Craterostigma, Lindernia, Micranthemum, Torenia and Vandellia. Willdenowia 43: 209 - 238. December 2013. ISSN 0511-9618 - has proposed moving several genera from Scrophulariaceae into Lindernia; resurrecting the genera Bonnaya and Vandellia from within Lindernia; and describes a new genus Linderniella. These changes have not yet been accepted - if they do then this species will become Torenia crustacea (L.) Cham. & Schltdl.

+ Synonyms

Antirrhinum hexandrum Forssk.

Antirrhinum hexandrum G.Forst.

Buchnera capillaris Desv. ex Ham.

Capraria crustacea L.

Gratiola aspera Roth

Gratiola lucida Willd.

Hornemannia ovata Link & Otto

Linaria hexandra F.Dietr.

Mimulus javanicus Blume

Morgania aspera Spreng.

Morgania lucida Spreng.

Pentsteria paniculata Griff.

Pyxidaria crustacea (L.) Kuntze

Tittmannia ovata Rchb.

Tittmannia scabra (R.Br.) Spreng.

Torenia crustacea (L.) Cham. & Schltdl.

Torenia flaccida R.Br.

Torenia lucida Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.

Torenia ovata Sweet

Torenia rubella Buch.-Ham.

Torenia scabra R.Br.

Torenia varians Roxb.

Ucnopsolen cordatum Raf.

Vandellia alba Benth.

Vandellia bodinieri H.Lév.

Vandellia crustacean (L.) Benth.

Common Name:

Lindernia crustacea
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Vengolis
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General Information

Lindernia crustacea is an erect annual to short-lived perennial plant growing 10 - 20cm tall. The stem is much branched, the branches widely spreading[
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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.
].
The plant is commonly harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine - it is one of the commonest plants in Chinese pharmacies in Indonesia and Malaysia[
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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.
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The species has a very wide distribution. It occurs in a wide range of wetland and some non-wetland habitats and is able to exploit anthropogenic habitats such as rice fields It is therefore unlikely to become extinct in the short term. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
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

Widely distributed through tropical and subtropical regions of the world from Africa through Asia to Australia and the Pacific.

Habitat

Moist, open grassy localities, rice fields, sugar-cane fields, trailsides, river beds, ditches and disturbed soils; from sea-level up to 1,500 metres, occasionally to 3,000 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

Weed PotentialYes
Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is sometimes a weed of cultivation[
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Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is considered to have emetic and cathartic properties[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. It has given good results in treating bilious disorders, dysentery, amenorrhoea, and hepatitis. The powdered herb, mixed with rice water, is drunk to relieve diarrhoea, vomiting and cholera[
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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.
]. A decoction of the leaves is given as a medicine after childbirth[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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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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Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
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Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
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Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. A decoction is drunk as a tea for its febrifuge effect[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
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The leaf decoction is applied topically to boils and itches, herpes-like sores, and to sores caused by forest ticks[
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.
,
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. The juice of the aerial parts of the plant, mixed with turmeric (Curcuma longa) and heated with a little water, is applied topically to treat infected fingernails[
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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