SPADELEAF (Centella asiatica)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: SPADELEAF (Centella asiatica)

The flowers are close to the ground so easily overlooked. Evergreen groundcover, pollinated by insects, perfect for boggy conditions. Said to be Edible with many medicinal uses.

I had the following email exchange with Bruce F. Hansen, Ph.D. back in 2012.

My question: “I wanted to be sure that I am using the correct species name on the following Centella asiatica (L.)Urb. Common Name: SPADELEAF It is listed as native to FL and C. erecta is listed as a synonym. USDA database states that C. asiatica is introduced, but C. erecta is native to SE Thanks!

His reply: “There is some uncertainty as to whether there are two species of this pantropical weed, and if there are two, which name applies to the Florida material. Until further work is done, we will stick to the name Centella asiatica. By whatever name, the plant appears to be a native (here before European discovery). It is hoped that the treatment in the Flora of North America series will shed some new light on the question; this should be out within a couple of years.
Best,”

Learn: http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Centella+asiatica

Ethnobotany: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116297/

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=709

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