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Lobelia chinensis  Lour.


Botanical Name


Lobelia chinensis Lour.

English Name


Chinese lobelia, Creeping lobelia



Lobelia radicans Thunb., Pratia radicans G. Don





General Info


An annual, branched, creeping herb, stem 5—15 cm tall, rooting at the nodes. Leaves alternate, lanceolate to ovate-oblong, 1.2-B3 cm x 0.2B-0.6 cm, base long decurrent, apex acute or rounded, margins subentire to shallowly toothed towards the apex. Flowers solitary, axillary, 7—15 mm long, normally 1—2 on each stem, pedicel 0.6—3.5 cm long; calyx lobes narrowly triangular, up to 3 mm long, corolla 5—12 mm long, white to pale purple, outside glabrous, inside hairy, dorsal lobes connate with lateral ones for 4 mm, up to 8 mm long, ventral and lateral lobes equal in length, filaments 5—6 mm long, more than half-way free, 2 anterior ones hairy. Capsule obconical, 4—6 mm long, glabrous, pedicel recurved. Seed ellipsoid, 0.5 mm long, dark brown, smooth.

Herb Effects

Acts as diuretic (aerial parts); depurative, antirheumatic and antisyphilitic (roots); diuretic and cathartic (decoction of whole plant).


PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Externally used on skin infections, like boils and swellings, also caused by poisonous insects and animals (aerial parts); used in alcoholic macerates as a lung tonic, for tuberculosis, asthma and treatment of bloody vomiting (whole plant); stimulates respiration, lowers the blood pressure, stops bleeding and reduces swelling (decoction of whole plant).



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