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Spilanthes paniculata Wall. ex DC.

Spilanthes paniculata Wall. ex DC.




Spilanthes pseudo-acmella auct., non (L.) Murr., Spilanthes acmella auct., non (L.) Murr.

Vernacular Names


Getang, kerabu.


Jotang, jocong, daun getang.


Biri (Igorot), dilag-dilag (lfugao), gatang­-gatang (Sulu).




Phakkhrat (Central), phakphet (Northern), phaktumhu (Peninsular).


C[us]c n[us]t [as]o, c[us]c [as]o.

Geographical Distributions

Spilanthes paniculata seems to be the major source of edible leaves. It occurs in South America but is also a common weed in the whole of Southeast Asia, including Papua New Guinea.


Spilanthes paniculata is an annual or short-lived perennial herb, erect or prostrate at the base and rooting at the nodes where upwards often strongly branched.

The leaf blade is broadly ovate to ovate-triangular and measuring 1-12 cm x 0.5-7 cm. There are 8-14 involucral bracts in 2 rows. The peduncle is up to 16 cm long.

The flower heads are radiate or conical, and measuring10-15 mm x 8-11 mm. The ray flowers are (0-)5(-12).

The one-seeded fruit is 2-3 mm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

Spilanthes paniculata grows in drier places, such as upland fields ('jotang huma' in In­donesia), waste places, roadsides, and riversides. In Java, it occurs up to 1200 m altitude, while in Papua New Guinea up to 300 m. It flowers year-round and produces plen­ty of seeds which are dispersed by animals and wind.

Line Drawing / Photograph



  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 8: Vegetables.

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