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Centella asiatica (Linn.) Urban

积雪草

Description from Flora of China

Hydrocotyle asiatica Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 234. 1753; H. lurida Hance.

Petiole 0.5–10(–30) cm; leaf blade orbicular or reniform, 1–4.5 × 1.5–5 cm, palmate veins 5–7, prominent, both surfaces glabrous or abaxially sparsely pubescent on the veins, base broadly cordate, coarsely toothed. Peduncles 2–4, clustered axillary, 0.2–1.5 cm; bracts 2 (rarely 3), ovate, 3–4 × 2.1–3 mm, persistent in fruit; umbels 3–4-flowered, capitate. Flowers sessile or subsessile. Petals white or rose-tinged. Fruit 2.1–3 × 2.2–3.6 mm. Fl. and fr. Apr–Oct.

This species is similar in appearance to, and is sometimes mistaken for, Dichondra micrantha Urban (Convolvulaceae). It is sometimes eaten, and is an important herb (“ji xue cao”) of traditional Chinese medicine.

Shady, wet, grassy places, river margins; 200–1900 m. Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, S Jiangsu, Jiangxi, S Shaanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Yunnan, Zhejiang [widespread throughout tropical and subtropical countries worldwide, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam].

药用植物园 Medicinal Plants Area, 蒲岗保护区 Pu Gang Reserve


 

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