|Etymology||Genus||Handle or hilt; reference to plant unknown|
|Species||Small or dwarfed; reference to plant unknown|
|Synonyms||Ardisia pumila Blume, Marantodes pumilum (Blume) Kuntze|
|Common Names||Kacip Fatimah|
|Native Distribution||Indochina and Malesia|
Labisia pumila is a shade-loving herb that can be found in our Central Catchment and Bukit Timah Nature Reserves. The lanceolate leaf have parallel secondary venation and a thick mid vein, as well as mildly serrated margins. The petiole may be winged or not, and it appears to be dependent on the variety (Sunarno, 2005).
Form of Kacip Fatimah in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.
Venation of leaf. Note that this petiole is winged.
Leaf upper surface.
Margins are mildy serrated.
Flowers are borne on spikes.