Centella asiatica (L.) Urb.

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Centella asiatica

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Centella asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Frog 'n' Fern Cottages, Chimanimani

Centella asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
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.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 29 May 2009

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 61. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 562 - 563. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 24.

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 23 October 2016

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