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.
Bonnaya ruellioides (Colsm.) Spreng.
Gratiola ruelloides Colsm.
Ilysanthes ruellioides (Colsm.) Kuntze
Gratiola reptans Roxb.
Bonnaya reptans (Roxb.) Spreng.
Lindernia reptans (Roxb.) F. Muell.
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[
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 - China, southern Japan, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea
Grassland, plains, mountain valleys, forests; at elevations below 1,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
The leaves are useful in the treatment of wounds, bruises, boils, jaundice, snakebite, dysentery, urinary troubles and for promoting the quick healing of wounds[
The whole plant is applied topically to treat worms in the skin[
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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