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Bacopa monnieri

ʻAeʻae (Bacopa monnieri)

Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)

Indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands (all the Main Islands except Kahoʻolawe; also in the Northwest Islands on Midway)

Oʻahu (Cultivated)


The whole herb is used medicinally in India in a variety of ways. It is grown as a medicinal crop and is being research for antioxidant properties, to help the nervous system, and to improve memory and mental functions.



The genus Bacopa is a Latinized form of the aboriginal name of these plants used by the indigenous people of French Guana.


The specific epithet monnieri is probably named for the French naturalist Louis-Guillaume Le Monnier (1717-1799).

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Taken on November 28, 2011