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Useful Tropical Plants

Ludwigia octovalvis

(Jacq.) P.H.Raven

Onagraceae

+ Synonyms

Epilobium fruticosum Lour.

Jussiaea angustifolia Lam.

Jussiaea calycina C.Presl

Jussiaea clavata Jones

Jussiaea didymosperma H.Perrier

Jussiaea frutescens Jacq.f. ex DC.

Jussiaea fruticosa (Lour.) DC.

Jussiaea haenkeana Steud.

Jussiaea hirsuta Mill.

Jussiaea ligustrifolia Kunth

Jussiaea macropoda C.Presl

Jussiaea occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr. & A.Gray

Jussiaea octofila DC.

Jussiaea octonervia Lam.

Jussiaea octovalvis (Jacq.) Sw.

Jussiaea ovalifolia Sims

Jussiaea persicariaefolia major Schltdl.

Jussiaea peruviana octofila (DC.) Bertoni

Jussiaea pubescens L.

Jussiaea sagreana A. Rich.

Jussiaea suffruticosa L.

Jussiaea venosa C.Presl

Jussiaea villosa Lam.

Ludwigia angustifolia (Lam.) M.Gómez

Ludwigia pubescens (L.) H. Hara

Ludwigia sagreana (A. Rich.) M.Gómez

Ludwigia suffruticosa (L.) M.Gómez

Oenothera octovalvis Jacq.

Common Name:

Ludwigia octovalvis
Growing plant
Photograph by: Dinesh Valke
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General Information

Ludwigia octovalvis is a usually robust, well-branched perennial plant, sometimes becoming woody at the base and more shrub-like[
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
]. It grows up to 4 metres tall[
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 plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

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

Pantropical.

Habitat

Mostly in humid places, damp grassland, rice-fields, ditches, by water-courses, swamps, lakes and pools, drains, sandy or silty floodbanks, gravelly riverbeds, floating logs in lagoons etc; also in old native gardens and coconut plantings to 2,100 m[
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
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height3.00 m
PollinatorsSelf
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant has spread virtually throughout the tropics, so that its original range cannot be known. It is listed as 'Invasive' in some Pacific Islands[
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.
].
When growing in water, this plant has two types of roots, one anchors the plant to the soil, whilst the other, which looks like tiny bananas, contains air sacs that keep the plant afloat, and assist respiration[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].

Edible Uses

A kind of tea is made from the leaves[
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
]. It is not clear from the report whether this tea is used as a drink, or solely for medicinal purposes[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The plant is carminative, laxative and vermifuge[
310
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.
]. It is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, nervous diseases[
310
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.
,
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
]. It is considered to have analgesic properties and, together with other herbs, is used as a treatment for rheumatic pains[
310
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.
].
The mucilaginous leaves are used as a poultice to treat a variety of complaints, including headaches, orchitis and swollen glands in the neck[
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 plant is sometimes used as a treatment against ulcerations of the nose[
310
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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division of runners.
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-03-23. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Ludwigia+octovalvis>

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