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List of names matching "Neptunia oleracea"
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accepted Neptunia oleracea Lour.

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Neptunia oleracea

Accepted name

Neptunia oleracea Lour.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Desmanthus lacustris Willd.1
Desmanthus natans Willd.1, 3, 6
Desmanthus natans Willd.
Desmanthus stolonifer DC.1
Mimosa aquatica Pers.1
Mimosa lacustris Kunth1
Mimosa natans sensu auct. non L. f.4
Mimosa natans L. f.6, 8
Mimosa prostrata Lam.5, 6, 7, 8
Neptunia natans (L. f.) Druce1, 6, 9
Neptunia prostrata (Lam.) Baill.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Neptunia stolonifera Guill.1


Tribe: Mimoseae;  Genus: Neptunia

Vernacular names

Anatsiriry (Madagascar)7; Chui-Mui (Hi)11; Lajalu (Hi)12; Lajalu (Hi)13


Perennial non-climbing herb;  vulnerable


Food and Drink5; Food and Drink6; Food and Drink13; Food and Drink14; Food and Drink7; Medicine13; Medicine15


Neptunia natans (L. f.) Druce: Accepted168; Presence on Mauritius not confirmed by Polhill (1990).3; Occurs in the tropics of both hemispheres. Often cultivated.5; Wild plants are also protected for use as food.9; Aquatic, floating herb or sub-erect rooted herb of damp sites.6; Origin uncertain; rare but locally numerous.6; Protected and cultivated.6

Geographical records

Africa1, 17:   Angola(U)1, Angola-ISO(N)18, Benin(N)19, Botswana(N)20, Cameroon(N)20, Ethiopia(N)17, Ghana(N)20, Kenya(N)10, Malawi(N)21, Mali(N)19, Mozambique(N)21, Namibia-ISO(N)22, Niger(N)23, Nigeria(N)19, Senegal(N)19, Somalia(N)17, South Africa(N)24, Sudan(N)1, 25, Tanzania(N)10, The Gambia(N)19, Togo(N)26, Uganda(N)27, Zaire(N)28, Zambia(N)21, Zimbabwe(N)1, 21

Asia1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14, 19, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44:   Borneo(U)1, Cambodia(N)9, India(N)1, 11, 12, 14, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, Indonesia-ISO(U)6, 30, Java(U)1, 6, Kalimantan(N)30, Laos(N)9, Malaysia-ISO(U)29, Moluccas(N)6, Myanmar(N)1, Nepal(N)39, Peninsular Malaysia(N)29, Philippines(U)1, 6, Singapore(U)29, Sri Lanka(N)1, 4, Sulawesi(U)1, 6, Sumatra(U)1, 6, Thailand(N)1, 5, Vietnam(N)1, 5

Brazil:   Bahia1, Ceara1, Para1, Parana1

Caribbean1:   Jamaica(N)1

Central America1, 8, 45, 46:   Costa Rica(N)45, El Salvador(N)1, Guatemala(N)1, Mexico (North & Central)(N)1, 8, 46, Mexico (South East)(N)1, 8, Nicaragua(N)46, Panama(N)45

India:   Andhra Pradesh31, Arunachal Pradesh39, Assam39, Bihar39, Delhi39, Goa37, Gujarat12, Haryana40, Himachal Pradesh39, Jammu-Kashmir39, Karnataka33, Kerala43, Madhaya Pradesh41, Maharashtra32, Manipur14, Meghalaya39, Mizoram39, Nagaland39, Orissa34, Pondicherry39, Punjab38, Rajasthan11, Sikkim39, Tamil Nadu35, Tripura36, Uttar Pradesh44, West Bengal42, Yanan39

Indian Ocean3, 7, 39, 47:   Andaman Is(N)39, Laccadive Is(N)39, Madagascar(N)7, 19, Maldives(N)39, Mauritius(I)3, 47, Nicobar Is(N)39

Mexico (North & Central):   Guerrero1, Sinaloa1, 46

Mexico (South East):   Chiapas1

South America1, 19, 46, 48:   Brazil(N)1, 46, Colombia(N)1, Ecuador(U)1, Guyana(N)1, Peru(N)48, Surinam(U)1, Venezuela(U)1

(N = native, I = introduced, U = uncertain status)

Habitats (for Africa only)

Guineo-Congolian freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation28; Zambezian freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation21; Sudanian freshwater swamp and aquatic vegetation19

Literature citations

Description1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 29, 46, 49, 50;  Distribution1;  Illustration1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 21, 49


2005 (Indian Ocean) Lock JM & Ireland H (JS2005);     Coordinator: 1994/1995 Lewis GP


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