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Useful Tropical Plants

Lindernia ruellioides

(Colsm.) Pennell

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 ruellioides (Colsm.) Spreng.

+ Synonyms

Bonnaya ruellioides (Colsm.) Spreng.

Gratiola ruelloides Colsm.

Ilysanthes ruellioides (Colsm.) Kuntze

Gratiola reptans Roxb.

Bonnaya reptans (Roxb.) Spreng.

Lindernia reptans (Roxb.) F. Muell.

Common Name:

Lindernia ruellioides
Drawing of the plant (Fig 1 - 2 only)
Photograph by: Flora of China Illustrations vol. 18, fig. 56, 1-2
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General Information

Lindernia ruellioides is an annual plant growing 10 - 15cm tall with stolons up to 30cm long. The stems are usually branched, rarely erect, rooting at the lower nodes[
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.
No threats have been reported for this species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
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.
].

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

E. Asia - China, southern Japan, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea

Habitat

Grassland, plains, mountain valleys, forests; at elevations below 1,500 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.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.12 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are useful in the treatment of wounds, bruises, boils, jaundice, snakebite, dysentery, urinary troubles and for promoting the quick healing of wounds[
338
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.
].
The whole plant is applied topically to treat worms in the skin[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].
We have no more specific information, but most Lindernia species are very bitter and many are used medicinally to treat conditions such as dysentery and other intestinal problems, and as a tonic after childbirth. Applied externally, they are widely used in poultices for relieving boils, sores and itches etc[
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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