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Useful Tropical Plants

Lindernia pusilla

(Willd.) Bold.

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 Vandellia pusilla (Willd.) Merr.

+ Synonyms

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.

Common Name:

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General Information

Lindernia pusilla is a suberect, annual plant with a branched stem, growing 6 - 30cm tall[
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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.
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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)[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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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.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea.

Habitat

By water, wet places, rice fields, forests; at elevations from 800 - 1,600 metres[
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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.
]. Margins of ponds, in marshes, wet low-lying areas, wet grassy habitats and in rice fields[
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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
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
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The plant is used as a wild-food plant[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
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ISBN
 
Description
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]. This almost cetainly means that the leaves are eaten either as a condiment or as a pot herb[
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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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Medicinal

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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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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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 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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http://proseanet.org/
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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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