Family • Pontederiaceae - Monochoria hastata (L.) Solms-Laub. - ARROWLEAF FALSE PICKERELWEED - Jian ye yu jiu huo
|Monochoria dilatata Kunth|
|Monochoria hastaefolia Presl.|
|Monochoria hastata (L.) Solms-Laub.|
|Pontederia dilatata Buch.-Ham.|
|Pontederia hastata Linn.|
|Jian ye yu Jiu huo (Chin.)|
Other vernacular names
|Arrowleaf false pickerelweed (Engl.)|
|Arrow leaf pondweed (Engl.)|
|Leaf pondweed (Engl.)|
|Pickerel weed (Engl.)|
Gabi-gabihan is fast-growing perennial herb. Leaves are long-petioled. Petioles are stout, up to 60 centimeters long, sheathing below. Blade is broadly ovate, 10 to 30 centimeters long, the base prominently hastate, the sinus very broad, the lobes spreading and oblong-ovate. Inflorescence is spicate, many flowered, 4 to 5 centimeters long. Flowers are blue, about 1 centimeter long, the lower ones with elongated pedicels.
– In open wet lands, swamps, etc., at low and medium altitudes from Luzon to Mindanao.
– Also occurs in India to southern China and Malaya.
Particularly rich in protein, 39.5%.
Alterative, cooling and tonic.
– In Malaya and Java, the leaves are eaten as vegetable, raw or cooked.
– In Bengal, tender stalk and leaves eaten as vegetable.
– The leaves are used for poulticing boils after they have burst.
– Juice of roots used for stomach pains, asthma, toothache.
– Juice of leaves used for cough.
– Used for insanity.
– Root bark used for asthma.
– Juice of leaves applied to boils.
– Rhizomes pounded in charcoal used for scurf.
– In India, used in a herbal mixture to strengthen uterine tone.
– In Bangladesh, used against diarrhea and dysentery; also, as an aphrodisiac.
• Aquafeed: Roots and tender leaves used for grass carp fingerlings.