Drymaria cordata (L.) Willd. ex Schult.

Last updated: 20 May 2015

Scientific Name

Drymaria cordata (L.) Willd. ex Schult.


Alsine media Vell. [Illegitimate], Alsine rotundifolia Stokes, Bufonia rotundifolia Buch.-Ham. ex Steud., Drymaria adenophora Urb., Drymaria diandra (Sw.) Macfad. [Illegitimate], Drymaria procumbens Rose, Drymaria sessilifolia Fiori, Holosteum cordatum L., Holosteum diandrum Sw., Stellaria adenophora León [1]

Vernacular Name


Chickweed [2], heartleaf drymary, tropical chickweed, whitesnow [3]


Shuo qing cao, you me cai, qing zhe zu, chuan xian she [3]


Laijabori [3]


Jukut ibun (Sundanese); angleng (Javanese); si rempas bide (Batak) [2]


Yaa klet hoi (Chiang Mai) [2]


Bakalanga (Bukidnon) [2]


D[ow]n x[uw][ow]ng, t[uf] t[if] [2]

Papua New Guinea

Lukumuaia (Fore, Eastern Highlands); iyalo (Fane, Central Province) [2]


Pilpili, pipili [3]


Mourron blanc [3]


Drimaria., golondrina, nervillo, pajarera, palitaria, yerba de estrella [3]

Geographical Distributions

Drymaria cordata is pantropical and occurs throughout tropical Asia, but was originally introduced from tropical America. [2]

D. cordata is a common weed of gardens, plantations (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar cane, cinchona, and upland rice), ditches, roadsides and riversides, usually in shady locations, can be found up to 1700 m altitude in Java while in New Guinea up to 2700 m. It occurs abundantly locally, but is uncommon in some regions such as Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. [2]

Botanical Description

D. cordata falls under the Caryophyllaceae family. It is an annual herb. [2]

The stems are prostrate or ascending, striate and measuring up to 100(-150) cm long. The internodes are longer than the leaves where they root at the nodes and are smooth to glandular. [2]

The leaves are 3-7-veined, arranged opposite, deltoid-ovate to suborbicular or cordate, measuring 0.5-2.5 cm x 0.3-2 cm, subtruncate to obtuse at the base and often apiculate at the apex. The petiole is 2-8 mm long. The stipules are lacerate with slender segments. [2]

The inflorescence is a terminal cyme 3-many-flowered and the peduncle measures up to 12 cm long. The bracts are 2-5 mm long and lance-shaped. [2]

The flowers are bisexual, regular, 5-merous and greenish or yellowish-green. The pedicel is up to 8 mm long. The sepals are 2-4.5 mm long and free. They are inflexed, strongly keeled and 3-veined. The petals are 1.5-3 mm long, free, bifid up to the middle or more and with clawed base. There are 2-3(-5) stamens while the filaments are connate at the base. The ovary is superior, 1-celled, with short style and 2-3-fid. [2]

The fruit is an oblong capsule measuring 1.5-2.5 mm long, 2-3-valved and 1-2-seeded. [2]

The seeds are orbicular or kidney-shaped, measuring 1.5-2 mm in diametre and densely covered with warty protuberances. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of D. cordata (L.) Willd. ex Schult. [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Drymaria cordata (L.) Willd. ex Schult.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Apr 18; cited 2015 May 20]. Available from: http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-2778492
  2. Drymaria cordata Willd. ex Schult 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. Philippine Medicinal Plants. Bakalanga. Drymaria cordata (L.) Willd. [homepage on the Internet]. c2014 [updated 2013 Apr; cited 2015 May 20] Available from: http://www.stuartxchange.org/Bakalanga.html