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 Vandellia pusilla (Willd.) Merr.
Gratiola pusilla Willd.
Lindernia hirta (Cham. & Schltdl.) Pennell
Lindernia stellariifolia Hayata
Torenia hirta Cham. & Schltdl.
Vandellia hirta (Cham. & Schltdl.) T.Yamaz.
Vandellia pusilla (Willd.) Merr.
Lindernia pusilla is a suberect, annual plant with a branched stem, growing 6 - 30cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
No threats have been reported for this species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea.
By water, wet places, rice fields, forests; at elevations from 800 - 1,600 metres[
]. Margins of ponds, in marshes, wet low-lying areas, wet grassy habitats and in rice fields[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
The plant is used as a wild-food plant[
]. This almost cetainly means that the leaves are eaten either as a condiment or as a pot herb[
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[
]. A decoction of the leaves is given after childbirth[
The aerial parts are widely used in poultices for relieving boils, sores and itches[
]. 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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