Velvetleaf (Limnocharis flava)

30-Growth-form_webCommon Names
Velvetleaf, sawah-flower rush, sawah lettuce, yellow bur-head (En); cebolla de chucho, hoja de buitre (Sp); 黃花藺 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
Southeast Asia, Central and South America

Edible Parts
Young leaves with petioles and young inflorescences are eaten.

Health Values
Beta-carotene: low in shoots; vitamin E: low in stems, high in leaves; folic acid: low in shoots; ascorbic acid: medium in stems, extremely high in leaves; calcium: medium in stems, high in leaves; iron: low in shoots; protein: 0.7% in stems, 1.9% in leaves.

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