Keshordam, ludwigia adscendens

Keshordam (ludwigia adscendens, family: onagraceae) is a floating herb with soft and juicy stem. It grows on water or on the edge of water bodies. A kind of spongy root gives it the facility of floating on water.


Leaves are shinny green, broadly oblong-elliptic, glabrous, alternate, 2.5-5 cm long, apex obtuse. Flowers are white, petals 5, wide open, bottom yellow, stamens 8. Flowers bloom in the rainy season. 


Propagation of the plant is caused by seed and cutting. In Bangladesh the plant is found in ponds, canals, beels and jheels along with Shapla, Kolmilota and ChadmalaIt is used in epilepsy, hysteria and other neurotic and nervous diseases.


The aquatic plant is also found in South and Southeast Asia.