Pecah kaca literally translated meaning 'breaking glass', botanically known as Strobilanthes Crispus or also known as Black Face General (hei mian jiang jun). Originally from Madagascar, then to Indonesia but now it thrives so well in Malaysia.
I came across this plant during the recent MAHA 2010 Exhibition and realised that I have this plant all along in my own garden outside the fence, fighting for space in between the mulberrry, the curry leaves tree and the cashew nut tree. I just didnt know the name of the plant! I planted it outside the fence, a few years back given by my friend the Professor in a small pot. It is easy to grow as it is a no-fuss plant and can be propagated using the stems.
The dark green leaves are rough to the touch but have an attractive glossy sheen
too bushy and healthy, need to cut them back regularly
I remembered the plant was so small when I planted it. Look at it now, so robust and green! I have to trim it every few months because it spread so fast covering my other plants. I was just thinking, before MAHA 2010, that I wanted to dig up and threw the plant away, since it has become so invasive! Then MAHA 2010 mentioned about the plant's medicinal values, how it has been in a limelight in recent years for its anti-cancer and anti-HIV properties among other things. It is also known to treat uterine fibroids, leukaemia, kidney stones, snake bites and diabetes.
the flowers looking a little like allamanda
The plant rarely produces flowers, the flowers are yellow but so far, I have not seen mine flowering yet, all green leaves! The fresh leaves can be juiced or pureed and consume direct or it can be used as an infusion and drink like a tea. It can be also dried first, boil in hot water and drink it with sugar like a tea.
Luckily I didnt throw the plant away!