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Centella asiatica (L.) Urban in Mart. & Eichl., Fl. Bras. 11:287. 1879. Hiroe, 1. c.

Vern.: "Brahmi Buti".

  • Hydrocotyle asiatica Linn.

    Rootstock perennial. Stem creeping, rooting at the nodes, glabrous to finely pubescent. Leaves simple, reniform, long petioled; dorsal surface with minute hair clusters; margin repand; leaf bases sheathing; petioles arachnoid. Inflorescence glabrate to finely arachnoid. Involucre of 2 ovate bracts. Umbels 2-4 flowered. Flowers white. Calyx teeth obsolete. Stylopodium depressed, purplish; styles short. Fruit ovate to orbicular, 2-3 mm long; primary ridges prominent, secondary forming a network; vittae not distinct.

    Fl. & Frt. Per. April to September.

    Type : India.

    Distribution: Tropical America, Africa, India, W. Pakistan, China, Japan and Pacific Islands.

    Pennywort is a plant of wet and damp places in the plains and the foothills. The plant is used in indigenous medicine for skin diseases.


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