Plants for Food 2: Ulam raja

Common name: Cosmos, wild cosmos Malay name: Ulam raja Other local names: – Scientific name: Cosmos caudatus Distribution: Pantropical Conservation Status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised species The name of the plant means ‘king of ulam.’ Its scientific name is Cosmos caudatus. Therefore, it is also known as Cosmos in English. This plant is indigenous toContinue reading “Plants for Food 2: Ulam raja”

Plants for Food 3: Pegaga

A carpet of Pegaga leavesPhoto by Shahidul Hasan Roman (CC BY-SA 4.0 License) Common name: Asiatic pennywort, Indian pennywort Malay name: Pegaga Local name: Gotu kola (India) Scientific name: Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised Description Pegaga is originated from the AsianContinue reading “Plants for Food 3: Pegaga”

Plants for Food 4: Temulawak

Curcuma xanthorrhiza rhizomePhoto credit: Danny Steven S (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) Common name: Javanese turmeric Malay name: Temulawak Local name: – Scientific name: Cucurma zanthorrhiza Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Naturalised. Temulawak is a unique variety of ginger that grows in tropical Asia. ThisContinue reading “Plants for Food 4: Temulawak”

Plants for Food 1: Selom

Selom (Oenanthe javanica)Photo by KENPAI (CC BY-SA 3.0) Common name: Java waterdropwort Malay name: Selom Other local names: – Scientific name: Oenanthe javanica Distribution: East, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia Conservation status: Least concern, Cultivated, Native Description Selom is found in the rainforest in Malaysia. Selom is an erect, perennial plant growingContinue reading “Plants for Food 1: Selom”