Aeschynomene tribuloides Baill.
Damapana sensitiva (Aiton) Kuntze
Petagnana sensitiva (Aiton) J.F.Gmel.
Smithia javanica Benth.
Smithia sensitiva is a low-growing, annual plant with slender, many-branched, ascending to decumbent stems 15 - 90cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is also of possible use as a green manure crop.[
Even though it has multiple uses as food and medicine, harvest is not a threat to the species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - widespread in temperate and tropical zones from Pakistan, India and China, through southeast Asia to New Guinea and northern Australia.
Frequent in moist places, road sides and in open forests. Also found in field margins, wetlands; near sea level to 1,000 metres[
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Smithia sensitiva is a widely distributed species found in both the temperate and tropical regions of Asia and Australia[
The leaves are extremely sensitive, the leaflets closing up when touched[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Leaves and young pods - cooked[
The juice of the root is used in the treatment of fevers[
A decoction of the herb is given as a treatment for gravel and difficulty in micturition[
Leaves are febrifuge, galactagogue[
A lotion made from the leaves is applied to the head to relieve headaches[
The plant is of possible value as a green manure crop[
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