Very similar to Hydrocotyle but umbels sheathed by small bracts, and mature mericarps with secondary ridges as prominent as primary ones.
Centella asiatica (L.) Urban
Leaves suborbicular or reniform, unlobed or very shallowly lobed, 1–3 x 1.5–5cm, margin crenate-dentate, base cordate, glabrous or sparsely pubescent on both surfaces; petiole 1–14cm. Umbels 1–12, clustered at nodes, each 2–4-flowered; peduncles usually short, up to 7(–30)mm; bracts 2–4, ovate 2–3mm, membranous. Flowers pinkish to deep red. Mericarps ellipsoid c 3 x 1.75mm, strongly ridged and often much wrinkled at maturity, sessile.
district (Phuntscholing, Sorchent to Kharbandi) and Gaylegphug district
(above Aie Bridge); C—Punakha district (Chusom, Wangdu Phodrang)
and Tongsa district (Pertimi).
Ecology: Common in shaded
marshy ground, roadside ditches, etc. 400–1500m.
Illustration [Fig 48: e, f]
Specimen List