This is the previous series of the Edible Weeds Series.
Krema or Alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeriodes) is a common weed on the rice field or home garden.
This plant is usually found on the damp and muddy area.
But it can grow well on the dry land.
As an aquatic plant, the leaves and the stem is much bigger when it grow on the muddy than on the drier area.
The flower is whitish, papery-ball shaped a ball shaped and grow on a stalk that bear at the leaf axil.
The stem is long, hollow,and branched.
The whole of the plant (especially the shoot and the young leaves) is usually steamed or boiled, and eaten with sambal (ground chili sauce).
Sometime it's cooked as a soup.
Krema is also well known as medicinal plant to treat urination disorder and a home remedy for cough.
This plant is very invasive, especially on the wet land.
When this weed invades waterways it can reduce water flow and quality by preventing light penetration also oxygenation of the water.
Enjoy your week... and check your weeds...
Perhaps they are so useful...