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Useful Tropical Plants

Lobelia zeylanica

L.

Campanulaceae

+ Synonyms

Dortmannia subcuneata (Miq.) Kuntze

Dortmannia succulent (Blume) Kuntze

Dortmannia zeylanica (L.) Kuntze

Lobelia affinis Wall. & G.Don

Lobelia barbata Warb.

Lobelia hirta L.

Lobelia lobbiana Hook.f. & Thomson

Lobelia subcuneata Miq.

Lobelia succulenta Blume

Pratia ovata Elmer

Pratia torricellensis Lauterb.

Rapuntium affine C.Presl

Rapuntium hirtum (L.) Mill.

Rapuntium succulentum (Blume) C.Presl

Rapuntium zeylanicum (L.) C.Presl

Common Name:

Lobelia zeylanica
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Bryan To
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General Information

Lobelia zeylanica is a prostrate to ascending, perennial plant with stems up to 90cm long. The stems grow along the ground, rooting at the lower nodes, then ascending to 20cm tall[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
The edible leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indo-China, Indonesia, Philippines

Habitat

By water and streams in ravines at elevations up to 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.
]. Often abundantly naturalized along trails in dense forest and also in dry forest, wet clearings, cocoa plantations, pastures, marshes, and swamps, and along roadsides in Fiji[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant has become an invasive weed in some of the Pacific Islands, particularly Fiji[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

Young leaves - eaten with rice[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The leaves are steamed and eaten as 'lalab' with rice[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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