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Swamp leaf (Limnophila rugosa)

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Common Names
Swamp leaf, ambulia, finger grass, rice paddy herb (En); herbe à paddy (Fr); hierbadel arrozal (Sp); 大葉石龍尾, 大葉田香 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
Southeast and East Asia, South Pacific

Edible Parts
Aromatic leaves are eaten raw with other vegetables as salads, or used to flavor cooked dishes.

Health values
Beta-carotene: low; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: low; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: medium; iron: extremely high; protein: 2.0%. Edible parts contain also limonene and 5,7-dihydroxy-8,3′,5′-trimethoxyflavone (a flavonoid).

Read more: Swamp Leaf, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.