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Common name

English: Heartleaf false pickerelweed

Mandarin: 鸭舌草 (ya she cao)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Liliales (106)

        Family: Pontederiaceae (5)(family description)

          Genus: Monochoria (2)

            Epithet: vaginalis (Burm. f.) K. Presl ex (2)

Synonyms: Boottia mairei H.Lév., Gomphima vaginalis (Burm.f.) Raf., Monochoria junghuhniana Hassk., Monochoria linearis (Hassk.) Miq.

junghuhniana => in honor of Friedrich Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn (1809-1864), German botanist and geologist

linearis => of uniform width

vaginalis => having a sheathlike structure, such as the leaf of a grass that surrounds a stem


Climate: tropical

Habitat: hydrophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: blue, purple, violet

External links

Check for Monochoria vaginalis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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