Calcarunia hastata (L.) Raf.
Carigola hastata (L.) Raf.
Pontederia hastata L.
Monochoria hastata is a herbaceous, perennial plant with erect or obliquely erect stems up to 125cm tall[
]. Growing in or by water, in deeper water it often becomes a floating plant[
The plant is a popular wild vegetable within its native range. It is also sometimes grown as an ornamental[
E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, northern Australia.
In and along freshwater pools, on canal banks, on mud-flats in rivers, along irrigation ditches, sometimes
in paddy-fields at elevations from sea level to 700 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the moist tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 700 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 25 - 35°c, but can tolerate 16 - 38°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,500 - 2,000mm, but tolerates 1,000 - 4,000mm[
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in wet soil and in water, becoming a floating plant in deeper water[
]. Grows best in a fertile, heavy to medium-textured soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 6.5, tolerating 4 - 7[
The plant is a common weed of paddy fields[
Almost all parts of the plant, barring the roots, furnish a relished vegetable dish[
The leaves and stems are cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The inflorescence can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable, but is also sometimes eaten raw[
The plant has medicinal properties[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
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