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Useful Tropical Plants

Lindernia procumbens

(Krock.) Philcox

Linderniaceae

+ Synonyms

Anagalloides procumbens Krock.

Lindernia erecta (Benth.) Bonati

Lindernia kitaibelii G.Don

Lindernia procumbens (Krock.) Borbás

Lindernia pyxidaria All.

Pyxidaria procumbens (Krock.) Borbás

Tittmannia erecta Benth.

Torenia erecta Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.

Torenia trichotoma Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.

Vandellia erecta Benth.

Common Name:

Lindernia procumbens
Lindernia procumbens Lindernia procumbens

General Information

Lindernia procumbens is an erect, clump-forming annual plant with a much branched stem 5 - 20cm tall growing from a slender rootstock[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
This species is naturally scarce throughout its range - however, it occurs over a vast area and it faces no known widespread threats. The plant is therefore 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
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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

S. Europe, through western Asia to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia

Habitat

A classic species of nutrient-rich or organic silt in the drawdown zones of lakes, reservoirs and ponds, also found on the beds of drained fishponds, oxbow lakes, rice fields, sandy humid waste ground, marshes, river banks and wet low-lying areas[
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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
Height0.15 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

In traditional Chinese medicine, the plant is said to clear liver heat, cool the blood, diminish inflammation and detumescence. It is used as a remedy for gonorrhoea and the juice is given to children who pass green-coloured stools[
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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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Most Lindernia species are very bitter and many are used medicinally. This is one of several species that are often used more or less interchangeably.to treat dysentery and other intestinal problems[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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 after childbirth[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The aerial parts are widely 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/
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The juice of the aerial parts, mixed with turmeric (Curcuma longa) and heated with a little water, is applied to infected fingernails[
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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