Species: Limnocharis flava (L.) Buchenau. Weed type: Grass-like leaves. Global description: Aquatic, perennial herb, partially submerged, rooting in the. A popular and highly esteemed vegetable in the tropics, especially in parts of SE Asia, the plant is both gathered from the wild and also sometimes cultivated in. [Others]: Limnocharis flava was introduced to Southeast Asia more than a century ago and has become naturalised in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and.

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The latter is thought to be the cause its spread from Java to Papua Waterhouse et al. Limnocharis flava Scientific classification Kingdom: It has a short stout rhizome which measures about 3cm long and 3cm in diameter and numerous fibrous roots. They can be steamed like endive or spinach, added to fava or mixed with other vegetables[ ].

Origin World distribution S. A profitable vegetable in W.

Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link from Wikidata Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Limnocharis flava. Uses Top of page Heavy infestations of L. Bon cheen, Taalapat ruesee; bonchin; nangkwak; talapatrusi Fllava Check our website at www. It is thought that the introduction of L. Field surveys such as this provide current distribution records of weeds in an area and are necessary for fast detection of a new invasive weed.


The pedicel stalk of a flower in an inflorescence is 2 – 7cm long 3-gonous, 3-winged above, enlarging upwards and much elongated in fruit. Leaf sheath flavs, rounded or compressed in cross limnocnaris. John Wiley and Sons. The petioles are thick, triangular90cm long and contain numerous lacunae air spaces. There are about one to four peduncles flower stalkswhich are axillary, erect, triangular, flattened at the base and cm long.

Limnocharis flava – Useful Tropical Plants

The leaves are erect, sheathing and curvinerved, and rise in clusters above the water. In particular, the flower stalk and leaves are used in dishes as well as the immature flower buds. This species reproduces by seed and vegetatively flxva creeping underground stems i. Its inflorescences have a very characteristic shape, producing three-lobed yellow flowers about 1.

Distribution Table Top of page The distribution in this summary table is based on limnnocharis the information available. Stems rounded, glabroushollow or spongy.

Roots fibrous white or brown. Numerousminute, horseshoe- shaped, dark brown, flavs The three sepals are persistent, imbricate overlappinggreen, obtuse in shape, 1. Although it is not a floating plant, its seeds are carried away by currents. Jason Weber habit of young plants Photo: Soil Tolerances Top of page Soil drainage seasonally waterlogged Soil reaction acid alkaline neutral Soil texture heavy.

Limnocharis flava

If allowed to grow unchecked, L. Nayar BK, Sworupanandan K, Limnocharis flava in northern Queensland.


Lowland-irrigated, rainfed and tidal rice fields. The leaf apex is generally apiculate with a small hydathode at the tip; the leaf base is cuneate to repand-cordate; the leaf margin is undulate. Inflorescence axillary, long-peduncled, umbelliform, glabrous, flowered, erect, recurved after fruiting until it reaches the water or mud; peduncles cm long. History of Introduction and Spread Top of page L.

Means of Movement and Dispersal Top of page L.

Phytofiltration of cadmium from water by Limnocharis flava L. A weed of minor importance, but may become noxious by overgrowing the area. Mangoensoekarjo and Pancho, The young leaves and tops of the plant are boiled or cooked in mixed soups. Micronutrient composition and nutritional importance of gathered vegetables in Vietnam, International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 52 6: It is glabrous lacks hairs and is smoothscapigerous produces leafless flowering stalks and lactiferous contains a milky substance.

The perianth is 2-seriate. The plant was introduced into Singapore for ornamental purposes Corlett, As well as unintentional spread of the seed via agricultural imports its use and cultivation as a food source may result in intentional spread of the plant into new countries.