Drosera indica L

[From Greek, droseros = dewy and from Latin, indica = from India]

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Uses: In Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, Drosera indica L. is used to soothe callosities and corns. The pharmacological potential of Drosera indica L. is still waiting to be discovered.

Fig. 104. Drosera indica L. From: KLU Herbarium 30687. The Forest Herbarium (BKF), Royal Forest Department. Flora of Thailand. Geographical localization: Burirum, altitude: 130 m, 27 Nov 1978. Field collectors: C Phengklai etal. Botanical identification: Shamlong.

Physical description: It is a tiny herb which grows to a length of 30 cm. It is found in India, Burma, China, Australia, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Leaves: alternate, simple, tentacle-shaped, 5 cm long, channeled, and covered with microscopic infundibu-liform sticky and moving hairs. The inflorescences are axillary cymes of 5.5cm-20cm in length. The pedicels are 6 mm-13 mm long. The calyx consists of 5 oblong sepals united at the base, 1.5 mm long and hairy. The corolla consists of 3-lobed, white, 3.5 mm x 4 mm, and spathulate petals. The fruits are dehiscent 3-lobed capsules, which are smooth, glossy, and crowned with a few membranous fragments of corolla. The seeds are very small, black, and longitudinally ribbed (Fig. 104).

Fig. 104. Drosera indica L. From: KLU Herbarium 30687. The Forest Herbarium (BKF), Royal Forest Department. Flora of Thailand. Geographical localization: Burirum, altitude: 130 m, 27 Nov 1978. Field collectors: C Phengklai etal. Botanical identification: Shamlong.

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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