Where can I find this plant

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  1. lisali

    lisali Member

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    Hi, I just know it's Chinese name, what is English name and where can I find it in Vancouver, thanks
    tongqiancao.jpg
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sorry wrong again.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Maybe it's supposed to be Centella asiatica.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Well, not that one then. A search returns quite a few pages on tongqiancao, but as with any common name, it has several meanings. Can't track anything down that looks like that and has any real plant name attached to it.

    This page show a plant that looks right, but no name (that I can find using online translator.) Although if the flowers are right that might help someone ID it.
    http://mail.lsps.tp.edu.tw/~edith/newfile148.html

    Maybe a local Chinese herbalist would know the plant.

    Ron is probably correct, some images of Centella asiatica look like the plant.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The photo in the original post looks more like the water pennywort, that's why I said "supposed". Maybe one is being shown in place of the other, by mistake.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Hydrocotyle asiatica is a synonym of Centella asiatica.
    http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200015478

    There are 20 lower taxa of Hydrocotyle native to China.
    http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=115990
    Both Centella asiatica and the Hydrocotyle have orbicular or reniform leaves. The photos of both online are quite varied and I have not found any associated with a reputable botanical site. This is beyond my training, but I am intrigued to know the correct ID.

    I was thinking Centella asiatica seems like a plant that one would be likely to encounter in China.
     
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    yes, Chinese name is '铜钱草', that means pennywort, it can grow in the water
     
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    thanks, everyone, I hope I can find it in local nursery.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Your plant looks more like Pilea peperomioides to me.
     
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    Water pennywort is a nuisance plant is this region, covering the entire surfaces of quiet waterways like ponds.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    This is a rather old thread but in case you're still looking, Hydrocotyle vulgaris is available at Southlands Nursery - Home.
     

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