Houttuynia cordata (PROSEA)
Houttuynia cordata Thunberg
- Family: Saururaceae
- Indonesia: jukut hanyir
- Cambodia: chii yaab kaa
- Laos: kh'aaw th'oong
- Thailand: phlu-kae (central), phakkhaothong
- Vietnam: diếp cá, giấp cá, lá giấp.
From India to Indo-China, China, Taiwan and Japan. Introduced in Malesia, but rare. Occasionally cultivated, particularly in Thailand and Indo-China.
Crushed leaves have a fish-like fetid odour and are used in salads or as a garnish for several dishes. Dried leaves are used as a drug in China, Japan and Vietnam. In Europe it is an ornamental plant in garden ponds.
- Perennial, erect or ascending herb up to 90 cm tall with creeping rhizome.
- Leaf-blade broadly ovate with cordate base, 3-8.5 cm × 2.5-6.5 cm, palminervous, strongly aromatic; petiole 1-4 cm long.
In semi-shaded, marshy localities, preferably in temperate conditions. It can become a troublesome weed.
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