Hyptis brevipes (PROSEA)

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Hyptis brevipes Poit.

Protologue: Ann. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 7: 465 (1806).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: boborongan, genggeyan (Sundanese), godong puser (Javanese)
  • Malaysia: sawi enggang, sawi hutan, ati-ati puteh (Peninsular)
  • Thailand: chat pra in (southern)
  • Vietnam: é cuống ngắn.


Native to Central America, but naturalized pantropically, and throughout Indo-China, Thailand and Malesia.


In Indonesia the leaves are applied to wounds. A decoction of leaves and stems is applied after childbirth in Malaysia, and a poultice of the leaves to the abdomen of children to expel worms. In Central America a decoction of the plant is used to treat headache and diarrhoea. The leaves are sometimes eaten as a vegetable.


An erect herb up to 150 cm tall, not aromatic; leaves narrowly lanceolate to ovate-oblong, 4-8 cm × 1-2.5 cm, long-cuneate at base; inflorescence a dense, subglobose spurious head c. 1 cm in diameter with peduncle up to 1 cm long; flowers with subtubular calyx up to 4 mm long and corolla up to 4 mm long, white but lower lip yellowish. H. brevipes occurs in waste places, mainly under per-humid climatic conditions up to 1200 m altitude; it is often abundant in fallow rice fields.

Selected sources

121, 247, 334, 646.

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