Cryptocoryne cordata Griff.

Last updated: 08 May 2015

Scientific Name

Cryptocoryne cordata Griff.


Cryptocoryne cordata var. cordata, Cryptocoryne kerrii Gagnep., Cryptocoryne siamensis var. kerrii (Gagnep.) Rataj, Cryptocoryne stonei Rataj [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Hati-hati paya, keladi paya (Peninsular) [2][3]
Thailand Waa nam (Surat Thani); u-bee kaling-ai (Malay, Narathiwat) [2].

Geographical Distributions

Cryptocoryne cordata can be found in southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. It occurs in streams of forests. [2]

Botanical Description

C. cordata comes from the family of Araceae. It is a small, aquatic, perennial herb and with creeping rhizome which can grow up to 40 cm tall. [2]

The leaves are arranged in a rosette, simple and entire, ovate to narrowly ovate, measuring 5-30 cm x 2.5-10 cm, rounded to cordate at base, acute at apex, with blistered surface, dark green above and often purplish below. The petiole is 15-40 cm long and with sheath at base. [2]

The inflorescence is a spadix with a few female flowers in a single whorl and a few olfactory bodies at base, and also with numerous male flowers and a club-shaped appendix at apex. [2]

The female and male flowers are separated by a long, naked axis. The spadix is completely enclosed within a spathe up to 35 cm long, consisting of a swollen basal part ('kettle'), a long-tubular middle part and a spreading, yellowish to purplish blade, which is up to 6 cm long. The entrance of the kettle is with a lateral flap, covering the male zone of the spadix. The flowers are unisexual and without perianth. The male flowers are with a single stamen while the female flowers are with connate, 1-celled ovaries with curved styles and large stigmas. [2]

The fruit is a berry which connates into an ovoid, fleshy syncarp, dehiscing apically and many-seeded. [2]


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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of C. cordata Griff. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Cryptocoryne cordata Griff.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Cryptocoryne cordata Griffith. In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 12 (3): Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.
  3. Herbal Medicine Research Centre, Institute Medical Research. Compendium of medicinal plants used in Malaysia. Volume 1. Kuala Lumpur: HMRC IMR; 2002. p. 227.