Centella asiatica (L.) Urb.

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Centella asiatica

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Centella asiatica

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Frog 'n' Fern Cottages, Chimanimani

Centella asiatica

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Edge of camp site, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Centella coriacea Nannf.
Hydrocotyle asiatica L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Creeping herb, rooting at the nodes. Stems shallowly grooved, sometimes purplish. Leaves solitary or in groups of 2-5, kidney-shaped to almost circular, distinctly and broadly cordate at the base, up to 7 cm wide, hairless or with hairs on the petiole; margin crenate. Flowers in 2-8-flowered umbels, greenish-white to dark crimson. Fruit c. 3.5 × 3 mm, laterally flattened, round or ellipsoid, ribbed, brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: asiatica : of Asia
Habitat: In damp grassy places.
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 29 May 2009

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 41.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 196. as Centella coriacea


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West African Plants database: Centella asiatica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Centella asiatica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142980, retrieved 27 May 2016

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