Hedyotis costata

Family • Rubiaceae - Metabolus caeruleus Blume


Scientific names

 
Hedyotis costata (Roxb.) Kurz Metabolus lineatus Bartl.
Hedyotis vestita R. Br. ex G. Don Spermacoce costata Roxb.
Hedyotis capituloiflora Miq. Mai er cao (Chin.)
Metabolus caeruleus Blume

Common names

No local name

Botany
Hedyotis costata is a rather coarse, spreading, diffuse, villous herb 30 to 60 centimeters long. Leaves are petioled, elliptic-lanceolate, 5 to 11 centimeters long, and 1 to 3 centimeters wide. Cymes are villous, small, borne in the axils of the leaves, and furnished with short stalks under 1.5 centimeters long. Flowers are very small, white, and crowded in small heads. Fruit is a capsule, small, rounded and hairy.

Distribution
– In open grasslands and thickets at low altitudes in Rizal, Laguna, Camarines, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; and in Culion, Busuanga, Palawan, and Mindanao.
– Also occurs in India, and through Malaya to the Moluccas.

Parts used
Roots.

Uses 
Folkloric
Roots boiled made into a lotion for rheumatism.

Availability
Wild-crafted.