Dentella repens (L.) J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.

Last updated: 13 May 2015

Scientific Name

Dentella repens (L.) J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.


Campanula repens Lour., Dentella matsudae Hayata, Dentella minima Zipp. ex Span., Dentella stolonifera Montrouz., Hedyotis repens (L.) Lam., Heymia rigida Dennst., Lippaya telephioides Endl., Oldenlandia repens L. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Bunga karang (Peninsular) [2][3]
English Creeping lickstoop, creeping dentelle [4]
China Xiao ya cao [4]
Indonesia Kremah, krokot putih, mata yuyu (Javanese) [2]
Philippines Dilang-butiki (Tagalog) [2]

Geographical Distributions

Dentella repens originated in tropical Asia, tropical Australia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It is common throughout Southeast Asia. [2]

D. repens is a minor weed and occurs in fallow land, waste places, rice fields, sugar cane plantations and dry riverbeds, especially on heavy soils. It is locally abundant. [2]

Botanical Description

D. repens comes from the family of Rubiaceae. It is a small creeping annual or perennial herb that can grow up to 30 cm tall. [2]

The prostrate stems are abundantly rooting, strongly branched and form large flat cushions. [2]

The leaves are arranged opposite, simple and entire. They are elliptical-oblong to oblong-obovate with a size of 4-10 mm x 2-5 mm, sessile or with a short petiole. The stipules are interpetiolar and connate with a few hairs. [2]

The flowers are solitary in leaf axils, bisexual, regular and 5-merous. The pedicel is very short. Sepal is tubular, deeply 5-fid and persistent. The petal is united, funnel-shaped, 5-15 mm long and much longer than the sepal. The corolla is a yellowish tube with hairy inside. Its lobes are acute, white and usually with a purple spot and hairy at base. The stamens are inserted near the base of the petal tube and with very short filaments. The ovary is inferior, 2-celled and style is deeply bifid. [2]

The fruit is an indehiscent, nearly globular capsule with a size of 3-4 mm long, crowned by the sepal, usually densely hairy and many-seeded. Seeds are small, angular, reticulate and dark brown. [2]

The seedling is with epigeal germination. Cotyledons are elliptical to ovate. The hypocotyl is 2-6 mm long while epicotyl is absent. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of D. repens (L.) J.R.Forst. & G.Forst. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Dentella repens (L.) J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 07]. Available from:
  2. Dentella repens (L.) J.R. Forster & J.G. ForsterIn: 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. 259.
  4. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Dilang-bukiti. Dentella repens (Linn.) Forst. [homepage on the Internet]. c2014 [updated 2012 Aug; cited 2015 May 13] Available from: