Lindernia crustacea (L.) F. Muell.

Last updated: 26 June 2015

Scientific Name

Lindernia crustacea (L.) F. Muell.


Antirrhinum hexandrum Forssk., Antirrhinum hexandrum G.Forst., Buchnera capillaris Desv. ex Ham., Gratiola aspera Roth., Gratiola lucida Willd. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar kerak nasi, akar kelurut, rumput jari chechak [2], ganing (Borneo) [3]
China Mu cao [3]
India Katu-pee-tsjanga-puspam [3]
Brunei Kerak nasi [2]
Indonesia Daun sirik betok (Jakarta); jukut mata keuyeup (Sundanese); brobos kebo (Javanese) [2]
Thailand Yaa kaaphoi tua mia (Peninsular); to ti ke kang (Central) [2]
Cambodia (Smau) chiëk to:k [2]
Vietnam M[aax]u th[ar]o; d[aa]y l[uw] [owr]i d[oof]ng [2].

Geographical Distributions

Lindernia crustacean is distributed throughout West Africa and Asia, including South-East Asia, Japan, Northern Australia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It has recently been recorded from Texas (United States). [2]

L. crustacea occurs in moist, open grassy localities, rice fields, sugar-cane fields, riverbeds, ditches and disturbed soils, from sea-level up to 1500(-3000) m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

L. crustacean is a member of the family Scrophulariaceae. This species is a small, diffusely branched and annual to short-living perennial herb about 5-20 cm in height. [2]

The stems are sharply quadrangular to narrowly-winged, green to purple, hairy on angles and nodes. [2]

The leaves are 8-20 mm long and egg-shaped. Their bases are cordate while the margins are sub-entire to serrate and sparingly hairy. The petiole is 1-18 mm long. [2]

The flowers are axillary and solitary, unilateral or opposite. Its pedicel is 8-20 mm long. The petal is 9-12 mm long, tube sub-cylindrical, dark purple and base pale. The upper lip is erect, egg-shaped, purple; the apex is notched at the extremity and pale while the lower lip is broad, 3-lobed, white or pale purple and yellow spot at the base. It has four stamens and it spurs purple. [2]

The capsule is oblong-ovoid to ellipsoid. Its size is 5-6 mm long, as long as the sepal. [2]

The seed is measures 0.4 mm long, ellipsoid with both ends blunt and covered with pale brown warty protuberances. [2]


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Figure 1: The line drawing of L. crustacea [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Lindernia crustacea (L.) F. Muell. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mac 23; cited 2015 June 26] Available from:
  2. Lindernia crustacea (L.) F. Muell. In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhyus Publisher. p. 347-348.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC world dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms and etymology; Volume III E-L. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p 787