Centella erecta (Linnaeus f.) Fernald. Phen: May-Sep; Jul-Oct. Hab: Pine savannas, pondshores, ditches, and a wide variety of other moist to wet habitats. Dist: S. NJ and DE south to s. FL, west to s. TX; West Indies, Mexico, Central America.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: Centella erecta is sometimes included in C. asiatica, which otherwise has an Old World distribution, but Alqahtani et al. (2017) found good evidence to treat C. erecta and C. asiatica as specifically distinct. Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) has been consumed by humans for years as its array of triterpenoids are purported to have numerous health benefits; interestingly C. cordifolia has been shown to contain even higher phenolic and antioxidant capacity (Alqahtani et al. 2017).
Synonymy: = Ar, C, F, G, K1, MC, Meso4.1, NcTx, Va, Alqahtani et al (2017); = Centella repanda (Pers.) Small – S; < Centella asiatica (L.) Urb. – Bah, Fl7, GW2, K3, K4, RAB, Tx, WH3, Zhang, Zhang, & Endress (2003)