Legazpia polygonoides (Benth.) T. Yamaz.

Etymology Genus After Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, a Spanish conquistador of the East Indies and Pacific Islands
Species Resembling plants in the genus Polygonum
Family Linderniaceae
Synonyms Torenia polygonoides Benth.
Common Names Malayan Brighteye
Status Undetermined
Form Herb
Native Distribution Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Oceania


This is a very common creeping herb of lawns. The oppositely arranged leaves are triangular with rounded edges, and serrated along the margins. It flowers frequently, with a lower white lip of three lobes, and upper lip of red. The centre is tinged with yellow.

Interesting Facts:

Henderson (1959) mentioned that the flowers can be entirely white occasionally.

A lush coverage of Malayan Brighteye on a piece of lawn.

Leaves have serrated edges.

Flower, with red upper lip, white lower lip and a yellow centre.


Henderson MR. (1959) Malayan Wild Flowers: Dicotyledons. Malayan Nature Society, Kulau Lumpar, Malaysia. 478 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-03-19 / Modified: 2015-01-11