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  Artemisia lactiflora Wall. ex DC.
  Family Name : Asteraceae (Compositae)

  Common Names : Duck Food Vegetable, White Mugwort

  Chinese Name : 珍珠菜, 角菜, 白苞蒿

Duck Food Vegetable,White Mugwort
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      1.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Eastern Asia
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: A perennial, upright and much branched shrub that can attain a height of about 1.5 m tall if allowed to grow. Most of the white mugwort plants seen in cultivation grow as a tuft consisting of several non-flowering, low lying rosettes probably due to frequent picking for food. Plants have smooth, slightly glossy, deeply cut leaves that are dark green in colour and are held via reddish purple petioles. The shape of the leaves somewhat shares some resemblence with a duck’s webbed foot. It produces off-white, milky coloured flowers that are borne on plumes.Better grown under semi-shaded and cool conditions and protected from direct tropical sunshine. Grow in well-draining, fertile soil that is constanly kept moist but not soggy. Propagation by means of seeds, stem-cuttings or division. Because seeds are not readily available, the most practical way is to stick a stem tip cutting into a pot of soil obtained from the material bought from the market or taken from an established plant. For each stem cutting, ensure there are several nodes to allow rooting. Crowded, mature clumps can also be dug up, split and planted separately. Newly propagated plants should be given shade and kept moist to take root and recuperate.Plants tend to become straggly and unproductive after repeated harvests.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves), Medicinal
      [Others]: Leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable in a variety of fish dishes to mask the fishy odour. White mugwort is a bitter aromatic tonic herb. The leaves and flowering stems are used internally in traditional Chinese medicine to treat menstrual and liver disorders.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Container Planting
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Margin :
      Serrate / Toothed, Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Inflorescence Type :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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