This species is very similar to Ammannia auriculata Willd., the differences are minor or overlapping.[
Ammannia australasica F.Muell.
Ammannia japonica Miq.
Ammannia madagascariensis Boivin ex Tul.
Ammannia parviflora DC.
Ammannia senegalensis multiflora Hiern
Cryptotheca dichotoma Blume
Ditheca debilis Miq.
Suffrenia dichotoma Miq.
Ammannia multiflora is an erect, annual plant with numerous, ascending, short branches; it can grow from 8 - 65cm tall[
The edible seed is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.
The plant is a weed of cultivated land, especially rice fields[
Tropical and Sub-Tropical Asia, Africa and Australia
Wet places and farmland in southern China[
]. Wetlands in lowlands, especially in paddy fields, central and southern Japan[
Ammannia multiflora is native of tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Asia and Australia, where it is often found as a weed of cultivated land, especially ricefields. It has spread as a weed of rice into warm temperate regions of Asia.
Seed - cooked. It is usually ground into a powder and used in making a cake[
]. The tiny seeds are around 0.2mm long, contained in a red-brown or red-wine coloured capsule that is around 1.5mm in diameter[