Sphenoclea zeylanica (PROSEA)
Sphenoclea zeylanica Gaertner
- Family: Campanulaceae
- Wedgewort, gooseweed (En)
- Indonesia: gunda
- Philippines: burat-aso (Tagalog), mais-mais (Bisaya)
- Cambodia: kâm'-péén tük
- Laos: kaad naa
- Thailand: phakpot-na
- Vietnam: cỏ phổng, xà bông.
Native to tropical Africa, but now distributed pantropically, including South-East Asia.
The bitter, young shoots or young plants are eaten in Java and Thailand.
- Annual, erect, simple or branched herb, up to 1.5 m tall with hollow stem.
- Leaves spirally arranged, glabrous; petiole up to 3 cm long; leaf-blade oblong to lanceolate-oblong, 2.5-12.5 cm × 0.5-5 cm.
- Flowers in conical-cylindrical spikes up to 7.5 cm long.
In humid soils up to 350 m altitude. A common weed in rice fields. The habit much resembles Phytolacca species.
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