Lobio is a spreading or prostrate, much branched, annual herb, with branches 20 to 50 centimeters long. All parts are densely stellate-pubescent, with short gray hairs. Leaves are opposite or whorled, broadly obovate, and 1 to 3 centimeters in length. Flowers are fascicled, sessile or shortly pedicelled, greenish, and about 5 millimeters long. Sepals are densely hairy outside. Capsule is ovoid, and somewhat shorter than the sepals. Seeds are small, brown or black, very numerous, and appendaged at the hilum.
- In open, waste places about towns, in rice paddies, etc., at low and medium altitudes, in Ilocos Norte to Rizal Provinces in Luzon.
Study yielded Stidmollugogenol-F, a new triterpenoid sapogenin – 3β,16β,22-trihydroxyisohopane..
Tender shoots used as pot herb.
In Punjab, herb given as purgative in diseases of the abdomen.
In Sindh, dried plant prescribed by native practitioners for diarrhea.
Applied to itches and skin diseases.
In Ethiopia, seeds of Glinus lotoides used in treatment of tapeworm infestation.
Fodder for goats.
• Toxicity Study: Single-dose toxicity study suggested the LD50 of the crude extract of Glinus lotoides might be greater than or equal to 5000 mg/kg. In repeated dose toxicity study of 250. 500 and 1000g mg/kg, no mortality was observed when administered per day for 28 days.