Commonly found in St John Island and Lazarus Island. This mimosa is edible in asian culinary use. Unlike ordinary Mimosa Pudica which has torn. This species Neptunia Oleracea has no torns and safe to touch and play with the leaves.
Neptunia oleracea, commonly known in English as water mimosa or sensitive neptunia, is pantropical nitrogen-fixing perennial legume. Genus and common name come from Neptune, god of the sea, in reference to the aquatic habit of some species in the genus.
This plant is cultivated as a vegetable in southeast Asia (leaves and shoots have cabbage-like flavor). Young ends of stems and pods are edible and usually eaten raw as a vegetable in Thailand and Cambodia and cultivated much like rice. The young leaves, shoot tips and young pods are usually eaten raw or in stir-fries and curries such as kaeng som.
Juice of the stem and roots are used for medicinal purposes.Whole plant extract exhibited cytotoxic activity on neoplastic cell lines. Extract of the herb exhibited hepatoprotective activity.
Common Names :
Meitei: Ekai Thabi
Thai: Phak runon (ผักรู้นอน) or phak krachet (ผักกระเฉด), pronounced "phak kachēt".
Vietnamese: Rau nhút
Sinhalese: දිය නිදිකුම්බා
Tamil language: Cuṇṭi, Nīrc-cuṇṭi (Madras Tamil Lexicon, also Tamil Dictionary, Winslow). The name Cuṇṭi comes from its sensitivity to touch; Cuṇṭu: to tap with thumb or finger, Dravidian Etymological Dictionary, 2663). info: wikipedia #watermimosa #nparkbuzz #stjohnislandsingapore #lazarusisland #Neptunia_Oleracea #semalubermi #nparks