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Common name

English: Indian pennywort

German: Indischer Wassernabel

Mandarin: 积雪草 (ji xue cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Apiales (37)

        Family: Apiaceae (27)(family description)

          Genus: Centella (1)

            Epithet: asiatica (L.) Urban (3)

Synonyms: Centella asiatica (J.M.Coult. & Rose) J.M.Coult. & Rose, Centella boninensis Nakai, Centella bupleurifolia (A.Rich.) Adamson, Centella repanda Small, Centella ulugurensis (Engl.) Domin, Chondrocarpus asiaticus (L.) Nutt., Chondrocarpus erectus S.Watson, Glyceria asiatica (L.) Nutt., Hydrocotyle abyssinica Gand., Hydrocotyle artensis Montrouz., Hydrocotyle asiatica L., Hydrocotyle brasiliensis Scheidw. ex Otto & F.Dietr., Hydrocotyle brevipedata St.-Lag., Hydrocotyle cordifolia Hook.fil., Hydrocotyle dentata A.Rich., Hydrocotyle erecta Linnaeus F., Hydrocotyle ficarifolia Stokes, Hydrocotyle ficarioides Lam., Hydrocotyle hebecarpa DC., Hydrocotyle inaequipes DC., Hydrocotyle indivisa Banks & Sol., Hydrocotyle leptostachys Spreng., Hydrocotyle lunata Lam., Hydrocotyle lurida Hance, Hydrocotyle natans Thunb., Hydrocotyle nummularioides A.Rich., Hydrocotyle pallida DC., Hydrocotyle rotundifolia Wall., Hydrocotyle sarmentosa Salisb., Hydrocotyle sylvicola Cordem., Hydrocotyle thunbergiana Spreng., Hydrocotyle ulugurensis Engl., Hydrocotyle wightiana Wall., Trisanthus cochinchinensis Lour.

abyssinica => from Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

asiatica => of Asiatic origin

asiaticus => of Asiatic origin

brasiliensis => of Brazilian origin

cochinchinensis => from Cochinchina (old name for various southern regions of Vietnam)

cordifolia => with heart-shaped leaves

dentata => toothed like saw teeth

erecta => upright, perpendicular

erectus => upright, perpendicular

indivisa => not divided

natans => swimming, floating on water

pallida => somewhat pallid, greenish

repanda => with slightly uneven, undulating margin

rotundifolia => referring to the rounded leaves


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb

External links

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