Lasia spinosa (PROSEA)
Lasia spinosa (L.) Thwaites
- Family: Araceae
- Indonesia: ngambing, sambeng (Java), sampi (West Java), gali-gali (Sumatra)
- Malaysia: geli-geli
- Laos: pak norm
- Thailand: phaknam
- Vietnam: rau mớp, mớp ráy gai.
Tropical Asia, from India to New Guinea, including South-East Asia, occasionally cultivated.
After removing the prickles, young leaves and petioles are eaten cooked or fermented. In Indonesia a decoction of the roots is given to women after childbirth whereas in Thailand it is used for bathing the newborn baby.
- Large clump-forming, often stoloniferous, prickly herb, erect to decumbent, 0.5-2 m tall.
- Leaves long-petioled and very variable in shape, sagittate to hastate, large ones 35-65 cm × 5-30 cm, entire to deeply lobed, membranous to coriaceous, usually with prickles beneath.
In open swampy localities below 600 m altitude. Sometimes cultivated along fish ponds, and sold in local markets.
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