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Centella asiatica, commonly known as centella, is a small, herbaceous, frost tender perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae, subfamily Mackinlayoideae.
It is native to wetlands in Asia. It is also known as the Asiatic pennywort or Indian pennywort in English, among various other names in other languages.
Gotu kola, a member of the parsley family, is highly regarded in India, perhaps as one of the most spiritual of all herbs. It grows in some areas of the Himalayas where it is used by the yogis, and is said to resemble the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
The renowned chinese herbalist and martial artist master Li Ching-Yuen used Gotu Kola every day.
Centella grows in tropical swampy areas. The stems are slender, creeping stolons, green to reddish-green in color, connecting plants to each other. It has long-stalked, green, rounded apices which have smooth texture with palmately netted veins.
Each flower is partly enclosed in two green bracts. The hermaphrodite flowers are minute in size, less than 3 mm (0.12 in), with five to six corolla lobes per flower.
Each flower bears five stamens and two styles. The fruit are densely reticulate, distinguishing it from species of Hydrocotyle which have smooth, ribbed or warty fruit.
The crop matures after three months, and the whole plant, including the roots, is harvested manually.