Lindernia crustacea

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  • Botanical Name : Lindernia crustacea (L.) F. Muell.
  • Synonyms : Torenia crustacea (L.) Cham. & Schltdl., Capraria crustacea L.
  • Common Name : Brittle False Pimpernel, Malaysian False Pimpernel
  • Plant Family : Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 17, 22, 28, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Lindernia crustacea Plant :

  • Habit : An annual herb with stem diffused glabrous, sparsely hairy.
  • Leaves : Ovate, entire or serrate, petioled.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary, terminal.
  • Flowers :
    • Pedicellate, slender.
    • Calyx 5-ribbed, divided ¼ way down, teeth triangular, acute.
    • Corolla purple with white throat.
  • Fruit :
    • Ovoid, equaling or shorter than the calyx.
    • Seeds ovoid with minute tail at one end, pale yellow, granulate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-October
  • Significance :
    • The plant is reported to contain a bitter principle.
    • It is used for bilious affections and dysentery.
    • It is also known to be used in poultices for boils, sores, ringworm and itches.