Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
Description and Ethnobotany
|Looks similar to Oldenlandia corymbosa O. corymbosa has inflorescences (2-8, usually 3) in axillary with peduncle (stalk of an inflorescence) 8-15mm long and pedicel (small stalk that attaches single flower to the main stem of inflorescence) 4-8mm long. O. diffusa flower grows solitary or in pairs in axillary with very short or no peduncle.
|Food (Herb and Spice)
Medicinal: Oldenlandia diffusa has been used by the Chinese for medicinal purpose for the treatment of colorectal cancer. A study report from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,NUS concluded "the ethanol extract of the herb effectively evoke cancer cell apoptosis." Besides that, it also has the function of anti-bacteria, anti-inflammation,anti-tumor,anti-virus and enhances immune system. One of most common product is oldenlandia water.
|Desirable Plant Features
Plant Care and Propagation
|Plant Growth Rate
|Easy to Grow
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Foliar Attachment to Stem
|Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
|Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio
|4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
|Solitary, Cluster / Inflorescence
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.