(Acanthaceae) Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Wall.

Local name(s): ລາ ສາ ບີ (la sa bee)

Medicinal use(s): Bitter flavor in cooking

Part(s) used: aerial parts

Field Characters: Herbaceous plant ~20cm tall, stem ~.25cm; leaves opposite, lanceolate; flowers small, white, dark purple inside, growing from leaf nodes; stem square. Plant has a potent bitter taste.

Locality: Vientiane City, Sissatanak District, Area around the ITM, Pon Papao Village.

Habitat: Cultivated in disturbed area. Full sun.

Altitude: 170 m asl

Collector(s): M. Xayvue

Collection number(s): KFL 50

Collection Date: August 14, 2009

Additional information:

Voucher specimen is in deposit at the Field Museum (F) Herbarium, Chicago, USA under accession no. 2320036.

Synonyms, images, taxonomic description:

Plants of the World onlineFlora of China Vol. 19 Page 474

Useful references:

Yuvejwattana, S. (2020, December 30). Thailand Clears Use of Herbal Medicine for Covid-19 Treatment - Bloomberg. Retrieved January 6, 2021, from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-30/thailand-clears-use-of-herbal-medicine-for-covid-19-treatment