Hyptis brevipes Poit.

Hyptis brevipes Poit.





Vernacular Names

Malaysia Sawi enggang, sawi hutan, ati-ati puteh (Peninsular).
Indonesia Boborongan, genggeyan (Sundanese), godong puser (Javanese).
Thailand Chat pra in (southern).
Vietnam [es] cu[oos]ng ng[aws]n.

Geographical Distributions

Native to Central America, but naturalized pantropically, and throughout Indo-China, Thailand and Malaysia.


H. brevipes is an erect herb up to 150 cm tall and not aromatic.

The leaves are narrowly lance-shaped to ovate-oblong, 4-8 cm x 1-2.5 cm.

The inflorescence is dense, its sub-globular spurious head is about 1 cm in diametre with peduncle up to 1 cm long. Flowers are with subtubular sepal, up to 4 mm long while petal is up to 4 mm long.

Flower is white but yellowish at lower lip.

Ecology / Cultivation

H. brevipes occurs in waste places, mainly under per-humid climatic conditions up to 1200 m altitude; it is often abundant in fallow rice fields.

Line Drawing / Photograph



  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.