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Lindernia oppositifolia

(Retz.) Mukherjee

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 Bonnaya oppositifolia (Retz.) Spreng.[
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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.
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+ Synonyms

Bonnaya oppositifolia (Retz.) Spreng.

Gratiola oppositifolia Retz.

Ilysanthes oppositifolia (Retz.) Urb.

Vandellia oppositifolia (Retz.) Haines

Common Name:

Lindernia oppositifolia
Drawing of the flowering plant
Photograph by: Roxburgh, W., Plants of the coast of Coromandel, vol. 2: t. 155 (1798)
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General Information

Lindernia oppositifolia is a very short, erect, annual plant with a diffusely branched stem[
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Title
The Flora of British India. (in 7 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; London
Year
1872 - 1897
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but has some information on plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The species is widely distributed, common and although some threats have been identified, they are not major threats globally. 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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Year
0
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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

506
Title
The Flora of British India. (in 7 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; London
Year
1872 - 1897
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but has some information on plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysi, Indonesia, Philippines

Habitat

Wet lowlands, scrub jungle and pasture land, often found in rice fields after the harvest; at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *
HabitAnnual
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used medicinally[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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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We have no further information for this species, but most Lindernia species are very bitter and many are used medicinally.to treat dysentery and other intestinal problems, whilst a decoction of the leaves is given after childbirth and the aerial parts are used in poultices for relieving boils, sores and itches[
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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